Hoddle apologizes for making inappropriate comment

Updated: 15 February 2011 19:45 IST

Former England coach Glenn Hoddle apologized Tuesday for mocking Chinese names during a live television broadcast.

London:

Former England coach Glenn Hoddle apologized Tuesday for mocking Chinese names during a live television broadcast.

Hoddle, commentating on Sky Sports during Monday's Premier League match between Chelsea and Fulham, made the comment after Fernando Torres misplayed a ball.

"When it's not going for you, it's not going for you. It's come off his chest, his knee and his toe. It's almost like the Chinese player Knee Shin Toe," Hoddle said.

On Tuesday, Hoddle said he regretted his remark.

"I can only apologize to those who took offence," Hoddle said. "There's no excuse. It's an old football expression and I understand I can't say things like that."

Sky Sports recently fired former player Andy Gray and parted ways with Richard Keys after the pair were embroiled in a scandal involving off-air comments about women.

Hoddle first caused a storm in 1999 when, as coach of England, he claimed that disabled people were being punished for something they did in a previous life.

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