MARSH APOLOGISES AFTER SACKING
Rodney Marsh has apologised for offensive comments made on air about the Asia tsunami disaster.
The former Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City striker has had his contract terminated by Sky Sports after making the remarks as a pundit on Monday night's You're on Sky Sports programme.
Sky officials met this morning and decided Marsh's comments were "inexcusable".
The 60-year-old, who was known for his outspoken views on football, insisted he did not intend to offend viewers with his comments.
Marsh told the Press Association: "I apologise unreservedly for any offence I caused by my thoughtless and inappropriate comment I made last night.
"My intention was to make a light-hearted football joke."
A Sky Sports spokesperson said: "We have today ended Rodney Marsh's contract with Sky Sports.
"The decision was made this morning, following a review of his comments on last night's edition of 'You're on Sky Sports'.
"During the live night-time phone-in Rodney made comments that were offensive and inexcusable.
"An apology was made within the programme and Rodney's comments were edited and removed from later transmissions.
"These remarks should never have been made and Sky would like to offer its apologies to those who were offended."
Marsh's future in sport broadcasting is now unclear, and he added: "I entirely respect Sky Sports' position and would add my apology to everyone concerned at Sky.
"I would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues and senior executives who have been brilliant to me and always supported me during my time at Sky.
"I am hugely disappointed in myself for letting them down."