Rachel Riley was been forced to quit her Sky Sports presenting job after getting “personal abuse”.
The Countdown presenter was flooded was messages after making a controversial remark about Tottenham Hotspur’s chances of winning the Premier League.
Trolls were angered when she called the team’s loss to West Ham a “proper bottle job”.
Discussing the match on Sky Sports’ Friday Night Football after the game had finished, she said on camera: “It’s deja vu for Spurs isn’t it, a proper bottle job”.
This referred to how the team spent the whole season in second place before finally finishing third.
According to The Times, the 31-year-old had been offered a new contract after her 12-month deal was coming to an end, but she has decided to pursue other opportunities after the “hideous abuse”.
In a tweet, that has now been deleted, she said: “For the record I didn’t say Spurs are bottle jobs but tonight’s game was a test of nerve. WH hadn’t beaten any of the top 6 in the PL
The Oxford graduate added: “Didn’t mean any offence to Spurs or their fans tonight just a surprise to slip v WHam with their form on paper. Personal abuse is hideous.
“I love football, always have, always will, banter is fun, abuse is not whoever/whatever/wherever #respect.”
Viewers uploaded their opinions and thoughts about Rachel and said that
— Dyl (@Lukakutd) May 6, 2017
“Think we can safely say the Rachel Riley #fnf experiment hasn’t worked. Irrelevant she’s a woman, she’s just a terrible presenter”, said one.
Another added: “That absolute numpty Rachel Riley saying Spurs a ‘bottle job'” Yet again, if it wasn’t for Spurs there wouldn’t be a title race. Still proud”.
A third sarcastically laughed at her: “rachel riley calling us a bottle job… we won 9 in a row before this,shes a mathamatician not an analyst get her off the tv [sic]”.
A source at Sky Sports has said: “At the end of the season she contacted the head of football, saying she felt it wasn’t right to be part of that programme.
“This was something she was considering in advance of the West Ham-Spurs match.”