Glenn Hoddle apologises after racist gaffe on Sky Sports

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Glenn Hoddle today apologised for comments he made live on air during Sky's broadcast of the Barclays Premier League game between Fulham and Chelsea last night.

The former England manager committed the gaffe after watching Chelsea striker Fernando Torres mis-control the ball when through on goal.

Co-commentator Hoddle said: "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 today: "I can only apologise to those who took offence.

"There's no excuse. It's an old football expression and I understand I can't say things like that."

Sky sacked presenter Richard Keys and analyst Andy Gray last month after the pair were caught on camera making disparaging comments about women while Hoddle was dismissed as England boss in 1999 after controversial remarks about disabled people in a Sunday Times interview.