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jim'll fix it Jim Beglin apologises for his 'that Latino temperament' comment during Manchester City v PSG clash

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Jim Beglin has apologised

Jim Beglin has apologised

Jim Beglin has apologised

Football pundit Jim Beglin has apologised for attributing a red card handed out to PSG's Ángel Di María during a clash with Man City captain Fernandinho as due to “that Latino temperament".

Beglin, a former Liverpool defender who is now a CBS Sports announcer, made the remark after the Argentinian was sent off during a stop in play in the 69th minute of the Champions League semi-finals.

As cameras showed Di María walking off the pitch, Beglin said "It's that Latino temperament", which was broadcast on CBS Sports Network and Paramount+.

After another 10 minutes of play Beglin referred to the earlier incident and said: "When Di Maria was sent off, I described it by using the word Latino. For anybody that’s taken offense, I do apologise – sincerely apologise.”

He also later issued an apology via his Twitter account.

"I apologise for my culturally insensitive remarks during the Champions League tie between Manchester City and Paris Saint Germain,” he wrote. “ I wrongly used a racial stereotype. This was inappropriate and unacceptable.

"Words have a strong impact and I fully understand the severity of what I said when Angel Di Maria was sent off. I will learn from this and be better moving forward."

Beglin (57) who has worked previously for BT Sport and NBC Sports, first joined Liverpool in May 1983. The Waterford man had previously played for Shamrock Rovers and later with Leeds Utd as well as the Republic of Ireland. He was forced into an early retirement in 1991, when still only 27 after recurring problems with a knee issue.

PSG's 10th red card of the season in all competitions set the French champions down a man for the final 20 minutes of their eventual 2-0 loss to Manchester City.

City will now advance to the Champions League final for the first time in the club’s history that will be held at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, Turkey, on Saturday, May 29.

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