Football pundit sorry for using the term 'coloured'
Published 23/12/2011 | 05:00
'MATCH of the Day' pundit Alan Hansen has apologised after describing black players as "coloured" during a debate on the show.
The former Liverpool defender used the word on Wednesday night while discussing recent racism rows involving Luis Suarez and John Terry.
"I unreservedly apologise for any offence caused. This was never my intention and I deeply regret the use of the word," said the BBC football pundit.
Hansen's controversial remarks on the show sparked an online storm, with one Twitter user branding him "a complete fool".
Another fan, who tweets as gunnerblog, wrote: "Anyone else's jaw hit the floor as Alan Hansen said racism wasn't a problem in English football because of success of "coloured" players?"
But he was defended by some fans, with one saying: "He's not racist, he's just old skool".