Golf commentator Peter Alliss has provoked the wrath of fans after he commented on the short skirt worn by the fiancée of Masters champion Sergio Garcia. The 86-year-old was slammed as 'disgraceful' over the off-mic remark about Angela Akins, during the golf tournament.
While images were shown of the couple celebrating his victory, Alliss, who has worked for the BBC for 56 years, was overheard saying: "She's got the shortest skirt on campus."
His comments prompted calls for him to be sacked with one viewer accusing him of ruining Garcia's "finest moment".
The twitter wrote: "BBC Sport Get rid of Peter Alliss NOW. He just ruined Sergio's finest moment making a disgraceful comment about his fiancée skirt."
A spokesperson for the corporation has since confirmed Alliss believed he was off-air when he made the comment: "He made a light-hearted remark which he now knows was inappropriate."
The furore comes just days after Alliss was criticised for comments made in an interview with Newsweek.
"Women will never be able to do things that men can do. If we want to be equal, are you going to get a woman fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world [in] boxing?
He added: "I don't like to see women punching each other in the chest. I think it will cause irreparable damage.'"
This is not the first time Alliss, known as the 'voice of golf', has been at the centre of a sexism row. Back in 2016, Alliss defended a 64%-36% vote against allowing women to join the private golf club Muirfield, suggesting that women who want to play at the club should marry a member instead. "The women who are there as wives of husbands, they get all the facilities. If somebody wants to join, well, you'd better get married to somebody who's a member," Alliss said, at the time.
In 2015, the BBC was forced to issue an apology after the former Ryder Cup captain said American golfer Zach Johnson's wife would spend his prize money on a new kitchen.