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Patrice Evra has apologised after making a joke about Joleon Lescott's hairline.
The former Manchester United player shared a video to his Twitter account ahead of Wales' Euro 2020 match against Denmark yesterday (26 June), which took place in Amsterdam.
In the video, the 40-year-old made a remark about the Dutch city being famous for drug use and the height of the retired footballer's hairline.
.@JoleonLescott I don't know why they make me say this! I promise you this was not my idea :joy: Welcome to #PatTV the new voice of #Euros2020 I'm too crazy, they can't stop me now! #ilovethisgame #positive4evra #Euros2020 #euro2020 #Denmark #Wales #WalesDenmark #PatTV pic.twitter.com/K5vhwLSRtq- Patrice Evra (@Evra) June 26, 2021
He said: "So today, I'm reporting from Amsterdam, the city where a lot of jiggy jiggy, jiggy jiggy happens.
"And a lot of people get as high as Joleon Lescott's hairline."
The joke went down well with a few of the footballer's thousands of followers, however, it appears as though Evra was unaware that it was a particularly sensitive topic.
Lescott was involved in a near-fatal car accident when he was just a young boy, which left him with scarring to his forehead.
In a post earlier this afternoon, Evra apologised to the ex-England star for the comments, saying he meant no offence.
I have to apologise to @JoleonLescott and his family, the joke was never meant to cause hurt it was only meant as light hearted banter, had I known then what I know now, I would have never of said this. Jo I hope you can accept my apology
- Patrice Evra (@Evra) June 27, 2021
He said: "I have to apologise to @JoleonLescott and his family, the joke was never meant to cause hurt it was only meant as light hearted banter, had I known then what I know now, I would have never of said this.
"Jo I hope you can accept my apology."
Speaking back in 2006 about the horrific incident, the former Manchester City defender said he was fortunate to get out of it alive.
Lescott, now 38, told the Independent: "I was lucky. A lot of people have come off a lot worse than I did.
"I saw another little boy in hospital who came in without a scratch, but had suffered brain damage after being hit by a wing mirror.
"I have a scar but I have nothing to worry about."
He added: "I had a major operation straight away and several more over the next few months but I was young and didn't really know too much about what was going on."
Back in 2012, comedian Omid Djalili issued a public apology after he compared Lescott to a 'Klingon' - a character from Star Trek.
"Like to apologise to Joleon Lescott if any tweets made last night caused offence," he tweeted.
"No idea he's been injured in a car accident aged 5. Shouldn't make remarks about people's appearance whether they've been injured or not."
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