Yaya Toure has apologised for an ‘inappropriate joke’ which resulted in him being dropped from this weekend’s Soccer Aid charity game.
It was reported on Friday night that the 37-year-old was asked to leave the team hotel after posting content on a group message chat which offended fellow squad members.
The former Manchester City star bragged in a WhatsApp group he could get 19 women to their five-star hotel in Cheshire and also allegedly posted a porn video of a naked woman in a bath in the chat on Thursday night.
Toure has admitted his mistake and regrets the negative publicity which has deflected from Sunday’s fundraising game for children’s charity Unicef at Old Trafford.
‘I would like to apologise to everyone involved in SoccerAid for an inappropriate joke I deeply regret,’ he wrote on Twitter.
‘It was meant as a joke however I lacked thorough consideration for the feelings of other participants.
‘That being said I deleted the jokes within minutes and I immediately apologised to all inside the group.
‘We gather for a good cause and this deviates the focus of the game which is to bring everyone together to help children around the world.’
Despite his apology, other players were reportedly ‘disgusted’ by them and he was still forced off the show.
The ex-Manchester City midfielder was said to have posted the messages in a WhatsApp made up of his World XI team, with ex-Manchester United defender Patrice Evra among them.
But women’s players Julie Fleeting and Lianne Sanderson – as well as singer Chelcee Grimes – were also in the chat.
Toure was reportedly ordered to delete the messages as soon as Unicef and ITV bosses found out and apologise to those in the group.
He was also allegedly told his position in the team was under threat and other players were said to still be seething during breakfast this morning.
A source told the Sun: ‘Everyone at Soccer Aid was disgusted by Yaya’s messages. There is a WhatsApp group for his team, the World XI, and everyone had been chatting in it.
‘Without being prompted, Yaya posted a video of a naked woman in a bath. She was acting in a lewd manner and it was highly inappropriate.
‘He went on to say he could get 19 women like the one in the video to come to the hotel to the pleasure of those playing the match.’
Toure added: ‘It’s sad to see an inappropriate joke I made attract the attention which should be fully devoted to the beauty of the charity game.
‘Regardless of the circumstances, I want to take full responsibility. I am a grown man who should not be engaged in such jokes.
‘I am very sorry for my mistake and I wish everyone all the best with Soccer Aid on Sunday in raising awareness and funds for important causes.’
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