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Comedian Tom Allen hits back at criticism from fans over Sky Sports appearance

Comedian Tom Allen hits back at criticism from social media users over the Sky Sports appearance which he made last Saturday.

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 at the time.

Before the game they spoke about the Rainbow Laces campaign, with Tom revealing how fans were more welcoming than he expected.

Tweeting after the game, Tom wrote: “Had such a fun time reporting for @SkySports yesterday with my friend @markmcadamtv for the #RainbowLacesCampaign.

Thanks for the lovely comments and to Jeff Stelling & @CAFCofficial for making me so welcome.

Among so many nice comments I’m a bit upset by some of the negative if I’m honest: as far as I know there isn’t a right or wrong way to respond to goals at a game, I was just being myself, not knowing much about football but still enjoying it.

I guess I wasn’t doing a conventional report but my response is still valid and everyone should surely feel the same – welcome to just enjoy the football whoever they are?

Sorry if I’m so ‘unbearably different’ for some – I wasn’t putting on an act though, I was just being myself. I suppose that’s the importance of the campaign – some feel angry

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 5-2 win in favour of Charlton played out in front of 2,000 fans, however Tom continued to divide people’s opinion as he laughed and joked the whole way through.

Tom Allen joked about the diamond formation, with Lee Bowyer saying he couldn’t tell him what formation he would use for the game, but did say it ‘is a bit diamondy’.

Mark McAdam was talking closest to the camera, Tom Allen was in the background. But there were some viewers tuning in and questioning why he was there as he ‘didn’t know anything about football’ (something which he deliberately makes out for fun on air).

He said Wimbledon was very attacking, Darren Pratley was being run ragged, and was also shocked how one player near fell over the advertising boards.

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.

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.

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 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.

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