Geoffrey Boycott 'unreservedly' apologies for his unacceptable racial jibe against West Indian players

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Geoffrey Boycott 'unreservedly' apologies for his unacceptable racial jibe against West Indian players

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SportsCafe Desk

08/23/2017

Geoffrey Boycott has ‘unreservedly’ apologized for his racial jibe on former West Indian greats saying that he has the utmost respect for West Indian players. The 76-year-old Englishman had earlier stirred up a controversy by saying that he would have to ‘black his face’ in order to be knighted.

As a part of a Q/A session during a break in play on the final day of the first Test between England and West Indies at Edgbaston on Saturday, the former England opener said that knighthoods were handed out like “confetti” to West Indies greats. The 76-year-old also told Sky Sports, “Mine’s been turned down twice. I’d better blackme face.”

Sir Curtly Ambrose, Sir Garfield Sobers, and Sir Viv Richards are among the 11 West Indian cricketers to be knighted till date.

Boycott’s comments didn’t go down to well as a source revealed, “It was a crass comment. It was intended to get a laugh but it went down like a lead balloon. People were offended.” reported Mirror.

“Is Boycott suggesting these great West Indians got knighthoods merely because of the colour of their skin? Birmingham is celebrated for its ethnic diversity and racial tolerance,” the source added. 

Following the reaction, Boycott took to Twitter and in a series of tweets apologized for his statement saying,

England won the first Test by an innings and 209 runs in which West Indies lost an unprecedented 19 wickets in a single day.

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