14062013 James May, Jeremy Clarkson, and Richard Hammond. The Top Gear trio have jetted into Durban ahead of the Festival weekend. Checking out Moses Mabhida Stadium where the festival is being held. Picture: Jacques Naude

London - Jeremy Clarkson has been accused of racism for naming his dog Didier Dogba after former Chelsea star Didier Drogba.

The 54-year-old Top Gear host was criticised after tweeting a picture of his black West Highland terrier and revealing he had named it after the striker, a prolific goal scorer from the Ivory Coast.

Clarkson, who often mocks political correctness, asked: “Why is it racist to name our amazingly brilliant dog after a footballer?”

Twitter user Gbolade Oguntomole said: “It’s racist man! Casual racism! You should be ashamed of yourself. I like you Jeremy Clarkson but this is wrong!”

Nick Ford labelled him a “racist” while Josh Underwood wrote: “Tad racist.” A user named Milo said he had been racist “again.”

Others, however, defended the television host, saying that the name was funny and labelling Clarkson a racist was an over-reaction.

Last month, the BBC faced demands for an investigation into allegations that he used the derogatory word “slope” to secribe an Asian person on Top Gear.