Rachel Riley quits Friday Night Football after 'hideous abuse' online

One week after the row, the 31-year-old - who later defended her comments - was dropped from Sky for their biggest match of the season when Chelsea went on to win the title in a clash against West Bromwich Albion.

The Times reports that Sky Sports offered Riley a new contract, but that she declined in order to explore other opportunities.

Riley had described Spurs" 1-0 defeat to West Ham as a "bottle job' and received a torrent of abuse from fans of the North London club.

Spurs pushed Chelsea in the back-end of the season for the title and would have moved just a point behind their rivals if they had beaten West Ham, but instead lost all their momentum.

Riley first rose to prominence in 2009 when she took over the role of Countdown's resident mathematician from Carol Vorderman.

Sky Sports Rachel Riley has reportedly quit Friday Night Football
Sky Sports Rachel Riley has reportedly quit Friday Night Football

It also claims that she will no longer be the co-host of Sky's Fantasy Football Club show, alongside Paul Merson and Max Rushden.

However, a Sky source said the abuse was not a factor in Riley's decision and that she had made it clear when handing in her notice that she had been considering leaving the role prior to the incidents. I love football, always have, always will, banter is fun, abuse is not whoever/whatever/wherever #respect.

A source told the publication: "At the end of the season she contacted the head of football, saying she felt it wasn't right to be part of that programme".

"Not the same as calling the team bottle jobs as is being circulated".

After receiving hate on social media and Spurs fan raising her comments with Sky Sports' bosses, Riley tweeted in her defence.

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