Mark Lawrenson branded a ‘dinosaur sexist’ by furious football fans

Mark Lawrenson (pictured) was branded a 'dinosaur sexist muppet' for his remarks 

Mark Lawrenson (pictured) was branded a 'dinosaur sexist muppet' for his remarks 

Mark Lawrenson (pictured) was branded a ‘dinosaur sexist muppet’ for his remarks 

Football pundit Mark Lawrenson has been branded a ‘sexist’ after mentioning equal pay when a fellow commentator brought up a female presenter’s handbag. 

The former Liverpool and Ireland defender, 60, was on BBC Radio 5 Live with John Murray as the Reds played Roma in the Champions League last night.

As the fourth official help up a board to show how many minutes’ extra time would be added to the game, Lawrenson said it looked ‘like a handbag’. 

Murray then added it was not as big as an ‘enormous’ handbag belonging to Kelly Cates, who was anchoring coverage of the game. 

Lawrenson then said: ‘Equal pay.’ 

Murray simply replied: ‘I’ll ignore that’. 

But Twitter users soon showed their disapproval of the veteran commentator’s remark. 

One, @iain_reid, wrote: ‘@BBCSport sack Lawro. Dinosaur sexist muppet.’

As the fourth official help up a board to show how many minutes' extra time would be added to the game, Lawrenson said it looked 'like a handbag'

As the fourth official help up a board to show how many minutes' extra time would be added to the game, Lawrenson said it looked 'like a handbag'

As the fourth official help up a board to show how many minutes’ extra time would be added to the game, Lawrenson said it looked ‘like a handbag’

Murray then added it was not as big as an 'enormous' handbag belonging to Kelly Cates (pictured), who was anchoring coverage of the game

Murray then added it was not as big as an 'enormous' handbag belonging to Kelly Cates (pictured), who was anchoring coverage of the game

Murray then added it was not as big as an ‘enormous’ handbag belonging to Kelly Cates (pictured), who was anchoring coverage of the game

The former Liverpool and Ireland defender, 60, was on BBC Radio 5 Live with John Murray (pictured) as the Reds played Roma in the Champions League last night

The former Liverpool and Ireland defender, 60, was on BBC Radio 5 Live with John Murray (pictured) as the Reds played Roma in the Champions League last night

The former Liverpool and Ireland defender, 60, was on BBC Radio 5 Live with John Murray (pictured) as the Reds played Roma in the Champions League last night

Another, @mellymeljc, said: ‘Nice to hear #sexism alive & well on @bbc5live you absolute #idiot Lawrenson it’s #2018 mate’.    

@TonyTheBFG, meanwhile, went in harder, branding Lawrenson a ‘complete and utter cretin’, adding: ‘Pointless and slightly nasty little barb about equal pay directed at Kelly Cates. 

‘When is someone going to tell the man he is not funny? Never has been, never will be.’

But others defended the one-time superstar. 

@Carl_Thomas said he ‘actually listened’ to Lawrenson’s commentary and stressed: ‘In no way did he come across as sexist.’ 

Twitter users soon showed their disapproval of the veteran commentator's remark. One, @iain_reid, wrote: '@BBCSport sack Lawro. Dinosaur sexist muppet'

Twitter users soon showed their disapproval of the veteran commentator's remark. One, @iain_reid, wrote: '@BBCSport sack Lawro. Dinosaur sexist muppet'

Twitter users soon showed their disapproval of the veteran commentator’s remark. One, @iain_reid, wrote: ‘@BBCSport sack Lawro. Dinosaur sexist muppet’

Another, @mellymeljc, said: 'Nice to hear #sexism alive & well on @bbc5live you absolute #idiot Lawrenson it's #2018 mate'

Another, @mellymeljc, said: 'Nice to hear #sexism alive & well on @bbc5live you absolute #idiot Lawrenson it's #2018 mate'

Another, @mellymeljc, said: ‘Nice to hear #sexism alive & well on @bbc5live you absolute #idiot Lawrenson it’s #2018 mate’

@Carl_Thomas said he 'actually listened' to Lawrenson's commentary and stressed: 'In no way did he come across as sexist'

@Carl_Thomas said he 'actually listened' to Lawrenson's commentary and stressed: 'In no way did he come across as sexist'

@Carl_Thomas said he ‘actually listened’ to Lawrenson’s commentary and stressed: ‘In no way did he come across as sexist’

It comes after the national broadcaster was accused by some of its own employees of failing to pay men and women equally. 

MailOnline has contacted the BBC for a comment.  

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