Andy Robson, the managing director of QA company Testology, has suggested in a Facebook post that Muslims should be forcibly removed from the UK.
Kotaku UKreports that the now deleted post read (verbatim): I don’t give to monkeys about brexit or who’s voting as I don’t care because they are all as shit as each other.
People moan about our country that live here well I tell you what go back to your own country and stop moaning. I’m totally pissed off with all this crap , I don’t care. Now with the terrorist attacks it’s out of order but we have been bombing them for years so have bought it on ourselves along with our rubbish border control.
The only way we can stop this is to get rid of every Muslim in this country and send them back to where they came from. Sorry for being up front but it’s the truth.”
The post was subsequently removed by Facebook for contravention of its hate speech rules.
When approached by Kotaku UK, Robson initially stated that the comment had nothing to do with Testology”. He added that he employs Muslims, has Muslim friends and was not trying to generalise”, and that his call to ‘get rid of every Muslim’ was a personal opinion” and not to do with the games industry”.
He would not comment on whether he shared such views in the workplace. Robson subsequently offered a fuller statement in which he tried to claim that his comments (including the line ‘get rid of every Muslim’) may have been misinterpreted”.
Robson has since reached out to MCV with the following statement:
"I appreciate all of your comments and views. Rest assured my apology was not ‘textbook’, it was heartfelt – maybe I should have expressed my regret differently. I made a massive mistake and I hold my hands up, but what I was trying to get across is that my Facebook post was written out of sheer ignorance rather than malice.
"I certainly agree that I need to take on board the comments of Rami and others, and become more educated about such a sensitive topic. All of my working career has been about giving opportunities to people from ALL backgrounds, regardless of gender, race or religion and I am mortified at being portrayed as racist. I will be do everything possible to learn from this. My head is not up my arse, it’s hung in shame and I truly am sorry for the offence I have caused."