Glenn Hoddle apologises for Chinese jibe in latest Sky Sports gaffe

Glenn Hoddle has apologised for the inappropriate 'joke' he made as he provided co-commentary during Monday night's clash between Fulham and Chelsea.

The former England manager embarrassed employers Sky after he responded to the sight of Fernando Torres squandering a goalscoring opportunity in the 0-0 draw.

Hot water: Glenn Hoddle's remarks have resulted in uproar

Hot water: Glenn Hoddle's remarks have resulted in uproar

During the encounter, Twitter was swamped with reaction to Hoddle jokingly comparing Chelsea’s out-of-form £50million signing to the ‘Chinese player Knee Shin Toe’.

'I can only apologise to those who took offence,' Hoddle said today. 'There's no excuse. It's an old football expression and I understand I can't say things like that.'

Hoddle was employed as a replacement for the disgraced Andy Gray, who was sacked by the broadcaster last month for sexist remarks.

VIDEO: Listen back to Hoddle's gaffe... 

Hoddle caused a major storm when he gave an interview in 1999, claiming that the disabled are being punished for something in a previous life.

‘You and I have been physically given two hands and two legs and half-decent brains,’ he said. ‘Some people have not been born like that for a reason. The karma is working from another lifetime. I have nothing to hide about that. It is not only people with disabilities. What you sow, you have to reap.’

Tony Blair, then the Prime Minister, was among those who heavily criticised Hoddle and the FA responded by sacking him soon afterwards.