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Wednesday 23rd
posted by Morning Star in Sport

GEOFFREY BOYCOTT will be allowed to continue as a BBC Test Match Special pundit after yesterday offering an unreserved apology for an alleged racist comment.

The 76-year-old former England and Yorkshire batsman suggested he would have a better chance of being knighted if he “blacked up,” the Daily Mirror reported yesterday.

And Boycott responded on Twitter, accepting his comments were “unacceptable” and “clearly wrong.”

Boycott will remain an expert on BBC Radio 4’s TMS, the BBC’s flagship cricket programme, a spokesman for the corporation said.

A BBC spokesperson said: “He has rightly apologised unreservedly for these clearly unacceptable comments.

“He will be part of the team for the West Indies Tests.”

The Mirror reported that Boycott was speaking at a question and answer session during a break in play of the England v West Indies day-night Test at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Boycott was alleged to have said knighthoods were handed out like “confetti” to West Indies cricketers, including Sir Viv Richards, Sir Garfi eld Sobers and Sir Curtly Ambrose.

The Mirror reported Boycott said: “Mine’s been turned down twice. I’d better black me face.”

Boycott wrote on Twitter: “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.”