Former Arsenal winger Perry Groves has been forced into an apology after claiming Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan had “a Holocaust of a game” against Sheffield United.
Groves was speaking on talkSPORT about Brighton’s 1-0 loss to the Blades, when Chris Wilder’s side scored past Ryan three times – only for VAR to intervene and save the Socceroo keeper on two occasions.
The comment upset many listeners, with Groves saying sorry live on air.
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“I’d just like to sincerely apologise for my misuse of words earlier,” said the 54-year-old.
“I didn’t mean to offend anybody and if I have offended anybody I’m truly, genuinely sorry and that is from my heart.”
One listener Joseph Reiselson, 72, rang in to complain about Groves’s remark and relayed his experience to the British media.
“I’d tuned into the radio show just past 11 as I was waiting to pick up a fare,” Mr Reiselson said.
“They were talking about one of the games that went on the day before, and I couldn’t believe it when Perry described a player as having ‘a Holocaust of a game’.
“I was in total shock – he could have used any words, anything else to describe the performance, but to use those words is just disgusting.
“I lost half of my family to the Holocaust and it really upset and angered me hearing him use those comments to describe a football game of all things.
“I phoned up to complain immediately and the man at talkSPORT who spoke to me said that I wasn’t the only one to call up about his comments.
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“Groves should never ever be back on a sports show ever again and yet nobody at talkSPORT has phoned me back like they said they would and he’s due on the radio later today! It’s disgraceful and he shouldn’t be allowed on.”