Former Exeter player apologises for blacking up for fancy dress…

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Former Exeter City player James Norwood has apologised for blacking up and dressing as a foreign sunglasses seller to go to the Tranmere Rovers Christmas party.

The costume prompted a backlash after he posted a picture on his Twitter and Instagram accounts.

The pictures were later deleted and the accounts set to private.

Norwood and his Tranmere team-mates have been booked in to take part in a PFA Equality and Diversity workshop

Norwood said: “I would like to apologise for any offence I have caused, it was certainly not intentional.”

He went on to post on Instagram: “I figured no offence would be caused as people do it to be Chris Kamara (which he tweets back ‘love it’, Mr T and 2 black guys did it in the Hollywood movie White Chicks.”

A statement from Tranmere Rovers reads: “The response to James’ photo from a Kick It Out spokesman was balanced and fair.

“It was an error of judgement rather than an intention to be racist or cause offence and James has apologised for his actions.

“The squad were booked on to a PFA Equality and Diversity workshop on Tuesday which they are taking part in today.

“The club will be making no further comment.”

A spokesman for football’s anti-racism charity Kick it Out told The Sun: “Although it is likely it was a well-intended fancy dress for a Christmas party, it is ill-thought-out and something that is out-of-date in today’s modern world.

“Even well-intended acts may cause offence and that’s something players have to appreciate and consider.”

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