ITV's The Chase under fire over 'unfair' question to blind contestant

By Ryan Paton

ITV's The Chase was under fire after viewers branded a question on today's show as "unfair".

Host Bradley Walsh welcomed four new quizzers on today's edition of the popular game show.

Nick, Sue, Rob and Kathryn were today's players to take on Paul Sinha in a bid to win a cash prize.

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Nick and Sue were first up and were both successful in their head-to-heads to progress to the Final Chase with £11,000.

Rob was up in seat three - and he explained how he was diagnosed with blindness when he was 17.

The 56-year-old access consultant from the Scottish borders said he lost his sight after three days - in what he described as a "one in eight million chance."

The keen sportsman explained how he battled his condition to become a Paralympian.

He said: "One day I was a good sportsman when I could see. And once I couldn't see, I was an international sportsman..

"It was long jump, triple jump and 100m so I won medals in one Paralympics and represented Great Britain at three others."

He appeared on the show alongside his guide dog companion Bobby, who he had been with for four weeks.

Rob wanted to use his money to pay for a computer with braille features on - and fans of the show on Twitter were rooting for Rob to emerge victorious.

He put in an impressive performance to build up £5,000, however he gambled to take the higher offer of £45,000.

Rob was swiftly caught by the Chaser but fans of the show were unhappy with the final question Rob received.

Bradley asked: "How many numbers usually appear on a standard UK barcode?"

Rob opted for nine while the Chaser correctly guessed the correct answer of thirteen, and fans of the show took to Twitter to criticise the question for being unfair.

@RyanGTweetsTV said: "I wish Rob could have another go but could change the question. That question was unfair."

@rebeccamcgrath added: "Bit of a ridiculous question there for Rob."

@ReturnOfTheKop commented: "Slightly unfair question to ask a visually impaired contestant"

@SusanDaisley posted: "Asking a blind contestant how many numbers are there on a barcode is totally absurd!"

@Owain93: "Giving a blind guy a question about a barcode is poor."

@ImogenJoyx said: "That question was SO unfair #thechase"

Kathryn was also unsuccessful in her bid to beat The Chaser meaning it was just Nick and Sue competing in the Final Chase.

They built up 14 steps, but were caught by Paul Sinha with 49 seconds remaining.

ITV has been approached for comment.

*The Chase airs weekdays at 5pm on ITV and ITVHub

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