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BBC pundit sorry for rape comment

Alan Pardew
Pardew was fired as Charlton's manager in 2008.

Match Of The Day 2 pundit Alan Pardew has apologised for a comment which prompted 35 viewer complaints.

Pardew used the word rape to describe a tackle while discussing a game between Manchester City and Chelsea.

The former Charlton manager said in a statement released by the BBC that he "apologises unconditionally for any offence caused" in Sunday's programme.

The BBC said it had not taken a decision on whether the pundit would be invited back to work on the show.

The corporation also explained why there has been no on-air apology, saying: "What Alan Pardew said was misheard, it was thought he used the word 'rakes.'"

Pardew, who has also managed West Ham and Reading, was describing a challenge by midfielder Michael Essien on Manchester City player Ched Evans.

The 47-year-old said "He's timed it perfectly. He's a strong boy. He knocks him off - he absolutely rapes him."

The BBC stated that: "If it had been heard, there is no question there would have been an on-air apology."



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