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Ron Atkinson Bows Out of Broadcasting in Disgrace

Date: 4/21/2004
: "He's what is known in some schools as a fucking lazy thick ni****."
Who said it: Ron Atkinson

A legend in the booth for soccer fans, Ron Atkinson was forced to bow out of broadcasting in disgrace after he dropped this racist insult about French footballer, Marcel Desailly. Thinking his microphone was cut, Atkinson instead dropped an n-bomb for the whole world to hear, and was relieved of his duties shortly thereafter. Is there any worse way to go out than that?

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