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  Footie expert quits over racism
Updated 22 April 2004, 11.31
Ron Atkinson outside his house after quitting
Ron Atkinson, an ex-Manchester United and Aston Villa manager, has left his TV job over a racist comment he made about Chelsea's Marcel Desailly.

Ron was a regular "pundit" - an expert who talks about matches - on ITV.

He made the racist comment after Chelsea's Champions League game against Monaco on Tuesday. He thought the programme he was on had ended.

But it was still being aired on some Middle East channels, after ITV went off-air. ITV said he was "very sorry".

Fact File
Ron's career
1956 signs for Aston Villa
1961 helps Oxford United win Southern League
1971 ends playing days with Witney Town
1978 takes over at West Bromwich Albion
1981 lands top job at Manchester United
1986 sacked from Old Trafford
1988 leaves second stint at West Brom for Atletico Madrid
1989 takes over at Sheffield Wednesday
1994 sacked by Aston Villa
He told BBC Radio Five Live that he could not remember saying what he did.

Apologising, he said it was not "an intentional comment".

"I have worked with more black players, I would think, than any other manager in the country and I bet none of them has ever heard me say it to them," he said.

He was known for signing up black players when he was a coach at West Brom.

Big Ron, as he is nicknamed, has been in professional football for more than 40 years.

He has been involved in talking about five World Cups, six European Championships and many other big Champions League matches and FA Cup finals.

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