Piers Morgan rows over Mary Earps’ SPOTY win but admits he didn’t vote

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Piers Morgan has been slamming Lioness star Mary Earps since she won BBC’s Sports Personality Of The Year earlier this week, with the journalist claiming she didn’t deserve the award.

He initially aired his opinion through an article on the Talk TV site shortly after the winner was revealed, writing: “The heavy hand of box-ticking looms large over this victory. It feels to me that the Sports Personality Award is becoming the national equivalent of a participation medal. Didn’t they all do well?”

Taking the subject to his Talk TV show, the 58-year-old made a staggering revelation as he admitted that despite his reaction to the results he hadn’t used his chance to share his opinion on the topic before the announcement.

Sports journalist Bianca Westwood joined Piers’ panel on Wednesday evening and after the host finished his initial monologue she simply questioned while shooting Piers a wicked side-eye: “Did you vote?”

When Piers revealed he hadn’t joined the public vote, Bianca slammed: “Well if you care so much about it why didn’t you?”

The former News of the World editor tried to explain his choice not to vote saying: “Ever since the British public voted to name a boat Boaty McBoatface, I realised they couldn’t be trusted.”

Piers then added that as an “impartial” reporter he doesn’t take part in public votes.

Swiftly moving on, Piers questioned the sports reporter: “Did she deserve to win? Prince William was on Twitter today saying ‘hugely well deserved’, why was it hugely well deserved?”

Bianca explained that the criteria for the award only look at the nominees’ sporting achievements over the past year and the impact of those achievements beyond the sport itself.

Piers argued: “She’s the only loser of the seven nominees,” pointing out that the goalkeeper hadn’t been part of a winning team in professional competitions over the past year.

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However, Bianca highlighted: “I’ll tell you what she did win: She won the World Cup Golden Glove, the FA Player of the Year, the FIFA Women’s World Best Goalkeeper, England Women’s Player of the Year, WSL Golden Glove as well, she also won the Arnold Clark Cup.”

While Piers tried to return to the row back to his original statement, questioning how many competitions Mary had won rather than achievements, Bianca slammed: “If any England male player had won any of those, especially if they’d won all of them, I don’t think we’d be having this discussion.

“It’s also about the impact, you can’t say that Mary Earps doesn’t have an impact in her field of play.”

This final statement seemed to hit home for the Piers Morgan Uncensored host as he admitted Bianca had an “interesting point”.

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