The PFA regrets the offence caused by the performance of Reginald D Hunter at last night's Awards ceremony in London.
We share the strong disappointment felt by our diverse membership at the choice of language throughout his appearance. We would like to make it clear that we feel any use of such language is wholly inappropriate.
He was booked on the basis of his recent television appearances however clearly his performance last night was of a very different nature. Whilst we are not generally made aware of the material a comedian intends on doing, it is clear that the language used was unacceptable.
In a conference call with Reginald and three members of The London Speakers Bureau through which he was recruited, it was outlined the makeup of our audience which would be widely diverse including around 25% of women and ages ranging from 18 to 80. It was made absolutely clear that swearing or any racist references were to be avoided. Therefore we were totally dismayed that the performance was the exact opposite of our requirement.
We share the disappointment felt by our diverse membership at the choice of language throughout his appearance.
Finally, we would not like this incident to detract from the huge efforts put in by the PFA and other stakeholders in the game in anti-racism initiatives and we take this opportunity to underline our commitment in this area.