Chiles: Sorry for Polish remark

12 October 2013 06:31

Television presenter Adrian Chiles has apologised for a comment he made about Polish people after England's 4-1 victory against Montenegro at Wembley on Friday.

Chiles caused a Twitter storm after his comment, but on Saturday insisted his remark was aimed "at the nice Polish builders currently working at my place".

He was presenting the ITV1 show and before wrapping up the broadcast he made a comment about 'Polish builders' ahead of England's final qualifying game with Poland at Wembley on Tuesday which if the home side win they will reach next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil.

As the live broadcast came to an end, Chiles said: "It's practically a home game for Poland, 15,000 Poles will be in here, I'm sure."

Analyst Lee Dixon replied: "Hopefully they're all crying by the end (of the game)."

To which Chiles, whose mother is Croatian, added: "I'm trying to get some building work done at the moment actually, quite seriously. Be careful."

On Saturday Chiles issued the following statement: "I made the remark in relation to the nice Polish builders currently working at my place, who I knew would already be fed up having watched their team lose to Ukraine.

"No offence was intended - apart from anything else I could hardly be prouder of my own East European background. But to anyone who thought what I said constituted some kind of lazy stereotyping, and was offended by it, I certainly apologise."

Source: PA