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Match Of The Day pundit Alan Hansen 'sorry' for 'coloured' remark

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.

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 Terry was told on Wednesday that he faces criminal charges over video footage appearing to show him shout an offensive comment at QPR defender Anton Ferdinand.

The multi-millionaire 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.

Hansen's remarks on BBC1 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?"

He was defended by some fans with one saying "he's not racist, he's just old skool".

Hansen is not the first pundit to run into trouble after making an ill-advised racial comment.

Earlier this year former Republic of Ireland international Tony Cascarino sparked outrage after he described a player as having a "holocaust" of a game on Sky Sports News during a match between Manchester United and Arsenal which saw the north London team suffer a crushing 8-2 defeat.

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