Yaya Toure has offered a grovelling apology after he was axed from Sunday’s Soccer Aid event after he boasted he could hire 19 prostitutes to entertain his team-mates at their Cheshire hotel.
The 37-year-old former Manchester City star was due to represent the World XI alongside the likes of the likes of Patrice Evra and female players Julie Fleeting and Lianne Sanderson.
Toure, however, was given the boot by ITV chiefs after they were alerted to his wildly inappropriate suggestion, while reports claim he also posted a pornographic video in the team’s WhatsApp group chat.
Apologising for his actions, Toure wrote: ‘I would like to apologise to everyone involved in Soccer Aid for an inappropriate joke I deeply regret.
‘It was meant as a joke however I lacked thorough consideration for the feelings of all the 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. 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 wish everyone all the best with Soccer Aid on Sunday in raising awareness and funds for important causes.’