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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 August, 2004, 15:51 GMT 16:51 UK
Pundit dinner causes race outcry
The Race Equality Council in Swindon has expressed concern over a dinner at the town's football club which will be hosted by Ron Atkinson.

Football pundit Mr Atkinson left ITV after making racist comments on-air.

Steve Allsop, from the Race Council, said: "We have expressed our disappointment about the invitation."

Mike Sullivan, from the club said: "I understand he did apologise and it was accepted so as far as we're concerned it's all done and dusted."

The comments from Mr Atkinson were made after a Champions League match.

Swindon Town FC said it has invited him as a guest speaker at the dinner.

"What the individual has said in the past he has said; it's all dead and buried," said Mr Sullivan.

"We're looking at a supporting dinner where people can come along and have an entertaining evening."

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