THE BBC has come under fire after a tennis commentator said they were “looking forward to welcoming” jailed Boris Becker back on screen.
Bosses were sent into a spin by Andrew Castle’s remarks, made during live coverage of the Queen’s Club Championships.
Fallen idol and pundit Becker, 54, was convicted of fraud in April.
Ex-tennis player Castle, 58, said: “I’ve had a real moment of missing Boris.
“I know he’s in prison and I know why. Boris, we look forward to welcoming you on your return.”
But his comments on Friday sparked fury.
On social media, one fan said of Becker: “He knowingly committed fraud, and the BBC should not employ him again.”
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Another insisted: “We don’t want to hear about him.”
German Becker — who won Wimbledon aged 17 in 1985 — was jailed for 2½ years for fraudulently concealing £2.5million after being declared bankrupt.
The twice-married dad is in Huntercombe jail, Oxon.
A BBC source said “no decision” had been made on whether it would re-employ Becker when he is freed.Some viewers felt BBC commentator Andrew Castle’s words were in poor taste[/caption]
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