EUROPEAN Tour boss George O’Grady was forced to apologise for referring to black people as “coloured” yesterday in a failed attempt to draw a line under the race row surrounding Ryder Cup star Sergio Garcia.
O’Grady was defending the Tour’s decision not to punish Garcia for joking on Tuesday that he would serve world No1 Tiger Woods fried chicken, a remark that could be construed as racist.
“We know the connotation in the United States,” O’Grady said. “We accept all races on the Tour, we take it very strongly. Most of Sergio’s friends happen to be coloured athletes in the United States. He is absolutely abject in his apology and we accepted it.”
Garcia apologised repeatedly on Wednesday, following criticism from Woods on Twitter, and O’Grady followed suit by issuing a contrite statement.
He said: “I deeply regret using an inappropriate word in a live interview for Sky Sports for which I unreservedly apologise.”