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Tam Cowan remains suspended by BBC after sexist column row

Comedian Tam Cowan has been banned from BBC Scotland's Off the Ball for a second weekend amid the row over his controversial column about women's football.

A BBC spokesman said: "Tam Cowan will not be co-presenting Off the Ball this weekend. He remains off air as we review his position.

"Standing in will be presenter Jane Lewis on Off the Ball on Saturday and Off the Ball Sunday Supplement. Jane has presented Off the Ball previously."

Cowan was dropped from last Saturday's Off The Ball show on Radio Scotland, which he co-presents with Stuart Cosgrove, after the comments in his Daily Record column were widely criticised.

He has now apologised, saying 'this has not been my finest hour and a half'. He also plans to make a donation to Scottish Women's Football.

He wrote in Monday's Daily Record: "The reaction to Saturday's piece on women's football has been quite incredible but I can assure you I meant it tongue-in-cheek.

"Hands up it was a spectacular OG and I want to apologise to anyone who was offended. Particularly Scottish Women's Football.

"In 15 years as a Daily Record columnist it has never been my objective to deliberately upset readers - that's a totally pointless exercise - and I've only tried to have a laugh, a joke and a carry-on.

"I've never expected anyone to take my column too seriously and I suppose my patter's a bit like a bride on her wedding day - something old, something new, something borrowed and, yes, something blue. More often than not, my sense of humour - just like my choice of music and my Nokia 3210 - is a wee bit old fashioned."

The Record had suggested his views "should be taken with a pinch of salt".

After describing some women footballers as "blokes", Cowan wrote of the recent women's ­international at Motherwell's Fir Park ground: "Face it, folks, nobody cares about women's football.

"There was barely a ­thousand there ... and I guess putting the girlies head-to-head with Emmerdale and EastEnders was a bit daft."

Maureen McGonigle, ­executive administrator for Scottish Women's Football, said the comments were "very narrow-minded".

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