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Cricket icon apologies for saying he'd need to 'black up'

CALLS FOR A BOYCOTT: Geoffrey Boycott taking in the tennis at Wimbledon earlier this year

A RESPECTED voice in English cricket, commentator and former batsman Geoffrey Boycott OBE has said sorry to fans after he told a Birmingham audience he would have a better chance of getting a knighthood if he 'blacked up'.

Boycott was being interviewed by Sky Sports at last week's test match against the West Indies at Edgbaston in Birmingham when he made hateful comments, which included the notion that knighthoods were handed out "like confetti" to West Indian cricket players.

The 76 year-old seemed bitter when he said:

"Mine's been turned down twice. I'd better black me face."

In a series of Tweets today, Boycott posted:

"Speaking at an informal gathering I was asked a question and I realise my answer was unacceptable.

"I meant no offence but what I said was clearly wrong and I apologise unreservedly.

"I have loved West Indian cricket my whole life and have the utmost respect for its players."

Boycott was included in the International Cricket Council's Hall of Fame in 2009.

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