“I’m sorry if I’ve offended anybody, really and truly.”
Former West Ham United forward Carlton Cole has issued an apology for a throwaway comment made regarding the Holocaust during West Ham’s game against Man City today.
Cole was speaking ahead of West Ham’s clash in Manchester, as he noted the defensive shape, and side picked by manager David Moyes for the game.
But he made the throwaway remark while noting it, and he has been forced into a full retraction of his comments made.
Carlton Cole apologies for Holocaust reference.
“You can say he has gone a bit negative. Why not?,” Cole began while speaking about the Hammers’ team selection.
“You’ve got to give Man City some respect otherwise you’re going to get picked off.
WTF. Just heard heard Carlton Cole (I think) suggest West Ham could face a ‘Holocaust’ if they don’t perform against Man City. #5LiveSport No one yet pulling him up over inappropriate use of word…
— lee harpin (@lmharpin) November 28, 2021
“Otherwise it will be a Holocaust and you don’t want that.”
His comments sparked a backlash on social media for a time, and he was quick to acknowledge his mistake while on air.
“I’d just like to apologise to the listeners for a totally unacceptable phrase that I used earlier in the show,” Cole said later on.
“I’m sorry if I’ve offended anybody, really and truly. Sorry.”
Cole’s remarks follow recent comments made by Joey Barton that also landed him in hot water.
As a result, the Bristol Rovers manager apologised after comparing a poor performance from his League Two side to the Holocaust as well.
Currently, the Hammers find themselves in the top four after an impressive start to the season at the London Stadium under Moyes, catapulting themselves into European contention again.