Match of the Day pundit Alan Hansen has issued an apology for something he said on the show, despite being unsure of which word caused offence, he revealed today.
The former Liverpool defender said “I unreservedly apologise for any offence caused. This was never my intention and I deeply regret the use of the word.
“I’m not sure exactly which of the words I’m apologising for, but better safe than sorry.”
Hansen, 56, was discussing the racism row involving Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Chelsea and England defender John Terry and his comments led to criticism on Twitter.
His apology has been accepted by Scotland’s leading black and ethnic minority rights organisation the Glasgow Coloureds Association.
As the News Grind went to press, Alan Hansen was convinced the word he was apologising for was ‘racism.’
“I should have said racialist, shouldn’t I,” he said.