Aussie commentator sorry for on-air gay slur

Last updated 14:03 13/07/2014
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GAY SLUR: Geelong defender Harry Taylor, left, was labelled a "big poofter" by Channel Seven's AFL commentator Brian Taylor.

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Channel Seven's AFL commentator Brian Taylor will undergo counselling after making an on-air comment labelling Geelong player Harry Taylor ''a big poofter''.

Hamish McLachlan, the host of Seven's ''AFL Game Day'', says  Taylor is ''kicking himself''.

''During last night's pre-game, Brian Taylor offended a lot of people, especially Harry Taylor and his family and team-mates and  friends,'' McLachlan said today.

''Without reservation he apologised. He's kicking himself. He made a really bad error of judgement.

"Discrimination is not acceptable and it won't be tolerated here. We recover from these problems through education and awareness.

''BT will be working with Seven and undergoing some education and counselling in this area.

''We apologise, he apologises, and it was a very bad moment last night on TV.''

Brian Taylor was part of Seven's pre-game coverage on Saturday night.

After watching footage of the Geelong defender being chaired off the field following his 150th match last week, the Seven commentator described the incident as ''crap''.

''I've just seen that crap from Harry. He's a big poofter,'' Taylor told viewers.

''I mean, give them this one Harry,'' Taylor added, making a rude gesture.

''You can't be doing the old royal wave. Next thing you'll have your mum and dad out there.''

Brian Taylor apologised during the halftime segment of Saturday night's show.

''I said something that I regret and I sincerely apologise in  regard to Harry Taylor and anyone and particularly Harry and any of  his friends that were offended by the remark,'' Taylor said.

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