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Rachel Riley quits Sky Sports job after receiving abuse

Digital Spy logo Digital Spy 14/06/2017 Rianne Houghton
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Rachel Riley has reportedly quit her Sky Sports presenting gig on Friday Night Football after receiving abuse from viewers.

The maths queen and avid football fan presented the show alongside fellow Countdown alum Jeff Stelling, but will not be back next season, according to The Mirror.

Digital Spy has reached out to Rachel's rep and Sky Sports for comment.

Rachel was subject to a tirade of online hate following her now-infamous remark about Tottenham Hotspur, after criticising their losing performance against West Ham in May as a "proper bottle job".

After Spurs also came up short when pushing for the Premier League title last year, she sassed: "It's déjà vu for Spurs, isn't it? Proper bottle job."

Disgruntled fans soon took to Twitter to slam Rachel's comments as "disrespectful". "Not sure Rachel Riley's gonna be presenting football on sky next season lol," one person wrote.

Rachel hit back against the trolls, calling the abuse she received "hideous".

"Didn't mean any offence to Spurs or their fans tonight just a surprise to slip v WHam with their form on paper. Personal abuse is hideous," she said.

"For the record I didn't say Spurs are bottle jobs but tonight's game was a test of nerve. WH hadn't beaten any of the top 6 this season.

"After a great run to slip now is disappointing for Spurs. As a MUFC fan neutral in the title run closer would've been more interesting.

"I love football, always have, always will, banter is fun, abuse is not whoever/whatever/wherever #respect."

It's currently unclear whether Rachel will continue to co-host Fantasy Football Club for Sky Sports, while Friday Night Football's future is anyone's guess, amid continued debate about the merits of Premier League games on a Friday.

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