SKY SPORTS removed a video of jockey Alain Cawley talking about 'hard done by' bully Robbie Dunne after it sparked a backlash.
In the clip, which was deleted from Twitter and Sky Sports Racing's website, Cawley said he 'felt sorry' for Dunne after he was found guilty of bullying Bryony Frost.
An independent panel found Dunne guilty on all four charges of bullying and harassing Frost – who released a statement after the verdict was reached – for 'many years'.
Dunne was banned for 18 months – but the panel's findings have caused civil war in racing, with a number apparently voicing support for him.
In the now-deleted video, Cawley is interviewed after riding a winner on 11-1 Scoop The Pot at Newcastle on Friday, minutes after Dunne's guilty verdict was announced.
He said he felt Dunne had been 'hard done by' and that he 'felt sorry' for him.
Cawley said: "I think Robbie has been hard done by.
"I've been in the weighing room a long time and I have never heard anyone say but how good it was in there.
Most read in Horse Racing
Horse Racing free bets: Get £40 in FREE BETS on racing with Paddy Power offer
Bash the bookies at Cheltenham with these three expert picks on Friday
Our man NAPS impressive Cheltenham winner to do it all over again
Bryony Frost went beyond jockeys' bravery by her fight not to suffer in silence
"When I was starting it helped me out, I was there to ask questions and they all helped me out.
"For me the weighing room is a great place to be.
"I feel sorry for Robbie and I think he's been hard done by and hopefully it will get looked into again.
"I don't think it's right."
Pressed on Dunne's language, which allegedly included him calling Frost a 'whore', 'dangerous c**' and 'sl*t', Cawley said it was 'part of life'.
He said: "How many married people go home and swear at each other in rows every night of the week?
"It's part of life. Swearing is part of life.
"It's a tough sport we're in. We risk our lives when we go out there. I just think… foul language is used everywhere.
"I'm not saying it's right to use it in certain ways but we're grown people, we're tough people to be out there in that sport.
"It's a tough sport but we're open to everyone coming into the game."
Cawley's interview was met with fierce criticism.
One who watched the clip responded: "Disgraceful."
While another said: "This is really depressing that he thinks Robbie Dunne has been hard done by through all of this."
A fellow Twitter user wrote: "This is cringe."
While another posted: "Clearly living in the 1950s still."
Panel chair Brian Barker said Dunne's language towards Frost had been 'unacceptable' and he added: "We have real concern the weighing room culture is deep rooted and coercive and is not conducive to the good health and development of race-riding."
FREE BETS GET OVER £2,000 IN SIGN UP OFFERS HERE
Commercial content notice: Taking one of the bookmaker offers featured in this article may result in a payment to The Sun. 18+. T&Cs apply. Begambleaware.org
Remember to gamble responsibly
A responsible gambler is someone who:
- Establishes time and monetary limits before playing
- Only gambles with money they can afford to lose
- Never chases their losses
- Doesn’t gamble if they’re upset, angry or depressed
- Gamcare – www.gamcare.org.uk
- Gamble Aware – www.begambleaware.org
Source: Read Full Article