Pardew apologises for rape remark

Former West Ham and Charlton manager Alan Pardew has apologised for his comment made on Sunday evening's Match of the Day 2 programme.

The 47-year-old BBC pundit, commenting on Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien's challenge on Manchester City forward Ched Evans, said: "He's timed it perfectly. He's a strong boy. He knocks him off, he absolutely rapes him."

35 viewer complaints were made following the broadcast, prompting Pardew to issue a statement, insisting he "apologises unconditionally for any offence caused" in Sunday's programme.

The BBC have yet to confirm whether or not Pardew's services will be required again following the gaffe. While they also explained why no on-air apology was made by, presenter, Adrian Chiles in the immediate aftermath of the mistake.

"What Alan Pardew said was misheard, it was thought he used the word 'rakes.' If it had been heard, there is no question there would have been an on-air apology," said a statement.

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