Comedian Tom Allen causes controversy as he commentates a game live on Sky Sports News during the 3:00pm kick offs on Saturday afternoon.
He was pitch side with Sky Sports reporter Mark McAdam prior to kick off for the fixture between Charlton Athletic and AFC Wimbledon with the Addicks in 6th and the Wombles 14th in the League One table.
Before the game they spoke about the Rainbow Laces campaign, with Tom revealing how fans were much more welcoming than he expected.
He made a few puns before attention turned to manager Lee Bowyer who spoke about the club and how supportive they have been towards it all.
🗣”A lot of people are working very hard to make football inclusive”
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) December 12, 2020
As you can see in the video above, Tom Allen also jokes about the diamond formation, with Lee Bowyer revealing he could tell him what formation he would use for the game, but did say it ‘is a bit diamondy’.
As Mark McAdam was talking closest to the camera, Tom Allen was in the background.
You could hear him express how he was ‘absolutely freezing’ before talking about what was happening on the pitch.
He said Wimbledon was very attacking, Darren Pratley was being run ragged, and Tom was also shocked how one player near fell over the advertising boards.
He then said to Jeff how it was a very good game.
Tom Allen talks more sense on Soccer Saturday than Paul Merson and Tim Sherwood. 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/3rBw0qbxer
— Aaron McIntosh (@AaronMRRFC95) December 12, 2020
Jeff went back to The Valley with a goal going in, something of which Tom Allen approved of, claiming it was a good goal for Charlton as they took the lead.
“The ball went in the net and everyone was clapping” as he said in his hat then boogied behind Mark. You could tell he was making the best of a situation he’s rarely in.
Minutes later, the cameras returned to Tom and Mark, with the comedian expressing how Wimbledon’s equaliser was ‘majestic, Jeff, majestic’.
He added: “Exciting from Pigott, it is Joe Pigott isn’t it, smashed it in the back of net.”
The Wombles then made it 2-1, with Tom saying that Wimbledon did very well.
— 909originals (@909originals) December 12, 2020
Mark said it was ‘fairytale stuff’, before Tom replied “I don’t know what fairytale stuff you’ve been watching.”
Five goals flew into the net with Charlton currently 3-2 having been 2-1 down. One of the goals was well timed on camera as Bromley born Tom was leaping for joy as it was scored.
A dramatic ending saw Lee Bowyer’s side win 5-2 against AFC Wimbledon though comedian Tom Allen causes controversy as he commentates game on Sky Sports.
Fair to say however he enjoyed his time on air, had fans laughing and most of all, highlighted an important movement.
The Rainbow Laces campaign began because Stonewall look to fight homophobia, biophobia and transphobia in sport.
It encourages LGBT+ acceptance among children and young people involved in community and education initiatives such as Premier League Primary Stars and Premier League Kicks, and within Academies.
Coaches, teachers and leaders will be equipped with bespoke resources and programmes developed by the League and Stonewall which promote positive attitudes towards the LGBT+ community.
Clubs come together between the 4th and 13th of December to celebrate the latest Rainbow Laces campaign and show support for all LGBT people in football.
At matchdays, we have seen Rainbow Laces ball plinths, handshake boards and substitutes boards as well as the LED perimeter boards at the stadiums highlighting the campaign.
There was also rainbow armbands for captains, rainbow laces and pin badges to let everyone show their support.
Digital channels for clubs and leagues featured a rainbow Premier League logo and promoted the campaign as well as the LGBT+ inclusion work of our clubs.
Fans reacted as comedian Tom Allen causes controversy as he commentates a game on Sky Sports, there were however laughs from many others…
He has previously mentioned that he isn’t a football fan, so why?
Give me strength!
— Matt (@LifeOfE666) December 12, 2020
that’s the joke, he knows nothing about football…
— lucas (@dietmountainlu) December 12, 2020
This Tom Allen sketch commentating with Mark McAdam at The Valley during Soccer Saturday is absolutely dire. Please just cut it off now @SkyFootball. I don’t understand how anyone can find it remotely funny
— Dave (@dave_martin12) December 12, 2020
Tom Allen football summarising is genius pic.twitter.com/MsfvJHwSRX
— Spike (@AxeWieldingArse) December 12, 2020
Tom Allen reporting on the Charlton game for Soccer Saturday… pic.twitter.com/DO3uH7FR0v
— Dan Coles (@DanColes3) December 12, 2020
Very strange decision from @SkySportsNews to have this Tom Allen fella cracking rubbish jokes during soccer Saturday.
More fans than ever relying on news on the game, and they’ve got this clown cracking ‘Wimbledon’ jokes.
— Lewis White (@lewbywhite) December 12, 2020
— Laura Joint (@LauraJoint) December 12, 2020
Who the fucks this Tom Allen dickhead on Sky
— Brad (@bradswfc__) December 12, 2020
— H Rodgers 🐝 (@HapplessHazel) December 12, 2020
Tom Allen just interviewed Lee Bowyer before Charlton v AFCW and will be providing updates on the game on Soccer Saturday. Pure content.
— Pertrick (@Perchwa) December 12, 2020
Tom Allen cracks me up 😂
Just asked Lee Bowyer “Who are you wearing?” 🤣
— Steve Turner (@Majortarantino) December 12, 2020
Taking it a bit too far having tom Allen at the charlton game. The guy a comedian who knows nothing about football #StopMakingItPolitical
— Dilwyn Lewis (@dilwynjohn1927) December 12, 2020
Fucking hell that Tom Allen gets his grid in everything.
— teadrinker68 (@teadrinker68) December 12, 2020
As a gay man myself we need more representation within football whether this is playing or commentary but having Tom Allen on who knows nothing about football doesn’t follow football is pointless! You’ll not get any change in mindset if that’s the direction sky are going!
— Jamie Law-Green (@MrLawGreen) December 12, 2020
Get Tom Allen to do commentary every week on sky sports.
He’s better than Chris Kamara already !
— John (@jcw_72) December 12, 2020
— char👸🏼 (@charleevansx) December 12, 2020
What the fuck are sky sports playing at with this Tom Allen at a match. Just had to google him apparently he’s a comedian.
— ⚔️GleadlessVBlade⚔️ (@pollard2211) December 12, 2020
I think Tom Allen is hilarious and it’s funny to watch homophobic people criticising him, saying ‘he doesn’t have a clue about football’, yet that’s the point he’s deliberately making. He’s got so many haters on strings this afternoon 😂👏
— Jason Lee 🇬🇧 (@ForeverAYellow) December 12, 2020
Love Tom Allen on #SoccerSaturday Very funny.
Love more how’s he’s triggered all the homophobes.
— Fi (@fifigabor04) December 12, 2020
@SkyFootball please get Tom Allen back on a regular basis, this is brilliant 😂😂😂
— Paula (@PaulaL1882) December 12, 2020
Tom Allen reporting on the Charlton v AFC Wimbledon game has really brought out a lot of homophobes for absolutely no reason at all.
— Jordan Thomas (@jordanthomas95) December 12, 2020