Paul Merson has revealed that his friend and former Sky Sports colleague Matt Le Tissier was given several warnings by the broadcaster before his sacking two years ago.
Le Tissier was moved on by Sky in a reshuffle of their football coverage which saw the ex-Southampton striker depart the popular Soccer Saturday show at the same time as colleagues Charlie Nicholas and Phil Thompson.
Merson, who played as a forward for Arsenal during his career was kept on by Sky and continues to be an ever-present member of the Soccer Saturday team.
Speaking to Rob Moore on YouTube, Merson addressed the circumstances behind his friend being relieved of his duties.
“It’s not clever to try and be clever,” said Merson. “He was warned so many times by Sky. If you have certain beliefs, you don’t have to share them.
“A mate of mine who I really like, Trevor Sinclair, did something recently. He believes it but he probably shouldn’t have said it.”
Sinclair made an insensitive comment regarding the late Queen Elizabeth II in the aftermath of her passing, while Le Tissier has been vocal in his controversial views on many aspects in life, particularly in relation to the Covid-19 pandemic and vaccines that were rolled out to fight the virus.
Merson added: “Tiss had a couple of warnings, so if you have a couple of warnings you pull it in. And sometimes it helps me not being bright.”