The manager of an English professional football team has apologized after comparing his team’s loss in a recent match to the Holocaust.
After his Bristol Rovers team lost 3-1 last weekend to Newport County, Joey Barton said: âThe team are almost like musical chairs. Someone comes in and does well, but then gets hung up or injured. Someone goes into a game, does well but then has a Holocaust, a nightmare, an absolute disaster. “
At a press conference Thursday, Barton apologized for the Holocaust analogy.
“I’m just going to say that there were comments made after last week’s press conference where clearly no offense was intended, but some people have correctly pointed out to me that the use of the analogy was not correct, “he said.
Barton said he received a reminder this week from the FA, the governing body of football in England, regarding “our language and our communications”.
âThe last thing you want to do is offend or upset anyone,â he said. “So if anyone was offended by this I would like to apologize and I think the FA was right to write to me and remind me of it.”
The apology came after Barton received criticism for his remarks after last week’s defeat, including by a local politician and member of the Jewish labor movement who called the analogy “appalling” and said the he coach should consider his future with the team.
The Bristol Rovers play in League Two, the fourth highest division in the England football league system.