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Colin Murray criticised for Jessica Ennis-Hill bottom remark

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Colin Murray has been criticised for referring to Jessica Ennis-Hill's bottom while presenting at the Anniversary Games Diamond League meeting.

The freelancer was talking to the crowd live on the first day of the event at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, London on Friday (July 26).

Colin Murray

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Colin Murray

Great Britain's Jessica Ennis celebrates winning the Heptathlon, at the London 2012 Olympics at she will unveil her new plaque on Sheffield's Hollywood-style Walk of Fame when she returns to her home city.

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Jessica Ennis celebrates winning the Heptathlon



In the unbroadcast comment, Murray spoke of the perfect athlete having "the stamina of Mo [Farah], the speed of [Usain] Bolt, the leap of [Greg] Rutherford and the bottom of Jess Ennis".

"Boys get their skills mentioned (Mo's stamina, Greg's leap etc) but @J_Ennis has her bum mentioned. In the 50s are we??" said Julie Haigh on Twitter.

Murray replied: "Hey there. I said she was 'the greatest all round athlete in the world'. Quote unquote. I also kissed a guy on the kisscam, TBF."

The BBC recently apologised for a joke about 'curing' Clare Balding of homosexuality during the Defend the Indefensible segment on Radio 5 live's comedy programme Fighting Talk last month.

The 2013 Baftas winners: Clare Balding - Outstanding Achievement in Factual Presenting

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Clare Balding



A corporation spokeswoman said at the time: "Fighting Talk is a live programme and on this occasion we got it wrong.

"The Defend the Indefensible item was inappropriate and as such we have removed this short section of the programme from iPlayer."

Culture secretary Maria Miller recently called on the BBC to do more about sexism in sports coverage after John Inverdale attracted complaints for his sexist comments towards Wimbledon winner Marion Bartoli.

A BBC spokeswoman said of Murray's recent remarks: "Colin Murray is a freelance broadcaster and was not working for the BBC at the Anniversary Games.

"Tony Hall's response to Maria Miller made it very clear that the BBC is a huge supporter of women's sport and does not condone sexism."

Ennis-Hill won the gold medal in the heptathlon at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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