Ipswich: Complaints received in Alan Brazil depression saga

IPSWICH: A media regulator has received complaints after a football pundit claimed that people with depression should “just get on with it”.

Yesterday, the Evening Star reported that former Ipswich Town striker Alan Brazil had been criticised by Suffolk Mental Health for being “insensitive”.

On Friday morning’s breakfast show on talkSPORT radio, Brazil said that he doubted whether depression was an illness.

The comments were made during a discussion over Michael Yardy’s decision to withdraw from the cricket World Cup due to depression.

Today, media regulators Ofcom confirmed that they had received 14 complaints relating to comments made by Alan Brazil and sports journalist Rob Shepherd, who claimed that sportsmen were using “the depression word far too cheaply”.

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A spokesman for Ofcom said: “We are investigating these complaints.”

During the broadcast, Brazil said: “If I’m being honest, I don’t understand the illness of depression.”

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He adds: “I’m old school and I’m not arguing with a professor and I’m not arguing with Michael Yardy, but sometimes in life you roll your sleeves up.”

A spokeswoman for talkSPORT said that Brazil’s comments were not reflected by the station as a whole.

n What do you think about the Alan Brazil saga? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN.

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