Martin Tyler sorry for likening Hillsborough tragedy to hooliganism


Martin Tyler sparked outrage while speaking on Radio 4’s Today Program to mark the Premier League’s 30th anniversary

Martin Tyler was forced to apologize after he linked the Hillsborough disaster to hooliganism during his appearance on Radio 4’s Today programme.


The Sky Sports commentator issued a statement on Sky and apologized for the comments he made.

During a post celebrating the Premier League’s 30th anniversary, Martin Tyler reflected on the state of the sport at the time, telling listeners: “You have to remember that football was going through a bit of a crisis at the time.


“We weren’t long after Hillsborough and other hooligan-related issues, so it’s been a very difficult time for the game in general.”

The Hillsborough disaster shook the world when 97 people died in a fatal crush during a game at Hillsborough Stadium in 1989.

The fatal scramble at Hillsborough killed 97 and injured 766

Martin Tyler

Martin Tyler at the Premier League Hall of Fame 2022 (Getty Images)

Martin Tyler is a football commentator who has worked at Sky Sports since 1990.


In 2003, Tyler was voted FA Premier League Commentator of the Decade for his work in the sport.

Martin Tyler also provided his voice for the football game series FIFA from 2005 to 2013 and will return for FIFA 23 in October 2022.

  • Age: 76
  • Born: September 14, 1945
  • Partner: Paula Tyler
  • Children: Adam Tyler
  • Assets: $1.5 million

Since appearing on the Today programme, Martin Tyler has apologized for his comments.

In a statement released by Sky Sports, the commentator said: “This morning when discussing various crises of football 30 years ago I cited a number of examples including the Hillsborough disaster and also controversies over hooliganism at matches.


“Those are two separate issues. There is no connection at all between the Hillsborough disaster and hooliganism – I know that, and I didn’t imply it.

“I sincerely and wholeheartedly apologize for any misunderstanding.”


Following the broadcast on BBC Radio 4, the BBC shared its own apology via social media, saying: “We regret that we did not vigorously challenge Martin Tyler over a comment that appeared to link Hillsborough and hooliganism.

“Martin has since apologized for the comment and clarified that these were separate examples and he had no intention of confusing the two.”



Andy Gray

Andy Gray is a Scottish football commentator and former footballer.


Gray used to play for a variety of teams including Dundee United, Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderes.

Gray worked as a commentary voice on the FIFA video games between 2005 and 2010.


Alan Smith has worked alongside Martin Tyler as a FIFA video game commentator from 2011-2020.

Smith is a former Arsenal striker, where he scored 115 goals for the team.


Alan Smith is now a regular at Sky Sports Studio as a studio pundit.

Alan Dowson with Martin Tyler

Alan Dowson is an English football manager and former player.


Dowson played 55 games in the Football League before moving into non-league football.

Martin Tyler has coached for a number of teams managed by Dowson.