Piers Morgan Faces Backlash After Defending Lord Sugar Over 'Racist' Tweet Scandal

Ash Percival

Piers Morgan has come under fire for leaping to the defence of Lord Sugar after he was branded racist for a tweet he posted on Wednesday. 

The ‘Apprentice’ star was forced to apologise after sparking a backlash when he shared a photo of the Senegal football team likening them to beach sellers.

Piers Morgan came to Lord Sugar's defence

Sugar initally refused to apologise for the tweet claiming he thought people’s reactions were “OTT”, but later removed the post and said he was “very sorry” for the joke, which he said had been “misinterpreted”. 

As conversation about Sugar’s tweet continued, Piers waded into the row to insist his friend is “not a racist”. 

Lord Sugar came under fire for posting this tweet

He wrote: “I’ve known @Lord_Sugar for 25 years. He can be a halfwit of biblical proportions, and prone to terrible ‘jokes’ as we saw today. But he’s not a racist.”

But Piers then found himself on the receiving end of a backlash for defending Sugar, with many of his followers explaining why the tweet was offensive.