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 last night while discussing recent racism rows involving Luis Suarez and John Terry.
He said: "I unreservedly apologise for any offence caused. This was never my intention and I deeply regret the use of the word."
England football captain John Terry was told yesterday that he faces criminal charges over video footage appearing to show him shout an offensive comment at Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand.
The multimillionaire Chelsea defender, who faces a maximum fine of £2,500 if convicted, said he was "disappointed" as the Crown Prosecution Service announced he would appear before magistrates in February accused of a racially-aggravated public order offence.
Suarez, who plays upfront for Hansen's former club, was given an eight-match ban by the Football Association on Tuesday after being found guilty of misconduct for using insulting words to Patrice Evra which included a reference to the Manchester United defender's colour.