Le Tissier says he was sacked by Sports Sky due to Covid conspiracy theories

MATT LE TISSIER has revealed he believes he was sacked by Sky Sports due to his views on coronavirus before insisting: “I’m not a nutter!”

The former Premier League star, 53, was axed by the broadcasters in August 2020 along with Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas – just five months into the global pandemic.


Matt Le Tissier has claimed he is ‘not a nutter’ and believes he was sacked by Sky Sports due to his views on Covid

Le Tissier claims he got into researching Covid-19 conspiracy theories started due to boredom during the first lockdown.

The ex-Soccer Saturday pundit was outspoken in his views, even suggesting images of those infected in China looked ‘completely inauthentic’.

Le Tissier hit the headlines earlier this week after controversially tweeting a suggestion that the media have “lied” about Russian war crimes Bucha, Ukraine – leading to him quitting his role as Southampton FC ambassador.

And just last month, the former footballer, speaking on The AJ Roberts Show, spoke about “joining the dots” on Covid, his Sky Sports sacking and more – before insisting: “I’m not a nutter.”

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Le Tissier said: “I went into working in the media from 2002 onwards until late August 2020, which was an interesting scenario where I lost my job.

“Obviously the pandemic started in 2020 in March – and very early on in that I had my doubts as to what was really going on.

“The first thing that started those doubts in me was seeing the videos from China where people were falling over in the street, looking completely inauthentic.

“Something in your gut tells you, ‘there’s something not right about that’.

“I’ve never seen anyone since then who caught Covid and fell over in the street like that, so I think I was pretty correct to be sceptical.

“They were the images that kicked everything off, and now nobody mentions them. That was the first thing for me.

“Then early on I spoke to a couple of doctors about the type of people affected by this virus – and found it wasn’t that dangerous to healthy people. 

“So I felt early on there was a massive overreaction to it by the governments.”

Le Tissier explained: “We got locked down, you had a lot of time in your house with nothing to do.

“So I just thought I’d have a look around and investigate what was going on and the people involved in the pandemic.

“Suddenly all these people came out the woodwork you’d never heard of before – Anthony Fauci, people like that.

“Bill Gates had been around for a long time, I’d heard stuff and not taken much notice.

“I heard the rumours about Bill Gates, so thought I’d go on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation website and have a look around.

“I was amazed to find that all these people that were involved in the pandemic – the WHO and all that stuff – were beneficiaries of money from this foundation.”


Le Tissier continued: “In my mind I’ve always been a bit sceptical of people in power and corruption, and I thought it was too much of a coincidence.

“It led me onto the World Economic Forum and what they stood for, what they were trying to do.

“There are too many coincidences for this not to be something a little bit below the belt here, there’s something going on here that’s not quite right…

“And that’s where it all started for me with questioning the narrative and probably ended up with me losing my job at Sky. 

“I had been quite critical of the narrative that was going on in what I thought was a balanced way.

“I just wanted to see both sides of the story before making up my mind, but I wasn’t allowed to because we were only getting given one side of the story in the mainstream media.

“I went looking for alternative sources of where I get my news from – independent sources who aren’t tied to any specific organisations and that’s where a whole new world of information opens up to you.”

Le Tissier went on to defend his view by calling himself a “conspiracy realist”.

He concluded: “My family have realised over time I’m not a nutter…

“I’m not a conspiracy theorist – I like to call myself a conspiracy realist.”


In 2020, Le Tissier sparked a storm after infamously comparing a train row over a face covering to Holocaust survivor Anne Frank.

And the controversial views kept coming, even suggesting “crisis actors” were being used in Ukraine amid the Russian invasion, adding there’s “possibly something else at play here”.

Le Tissier went on to claim Premier League footballers were being urged to stay silent about the war in Ukraine.

He also called football chiefs “deluded” for not questioning the seemingly high numbers of cardiac arrests in football seen in recent months – including Christian Eriksen at last summer’s Euros.

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Le Tissier said: “I ain’t a stupid human being, I know this is not the same as what has gone on before. I’ve not seen this volume of incidents on football pitches.

“Sorry mate, you’re deluding yourself if you think that this is the same as whatever happened in the 17 years I was a professional footballer. Shocking.”