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Lord Alan Sugar sorry for comparing Senegal World Cup players to beach sellers

Businessman and Tottenham Hotspur owner Lord Alan Sugar apologises for a tweet comparing Senegal's World Cup team to merchandise sellers on the "beach in Marbella".

Former Tottenham Hotspur owner Lord Alan Sugar has apologised for a tweet comparing Senegal's World Cup team to merchandise sellers on the "beach in Marbella".

On Wednesday, the businessman's Twitter account uploaded a photo of the Senegal players combined with an image of sunglasses and handbags positioned at their feet.

The caption posted alongside the picture read: "I recognise some of these guys from the beach in Marbella. Multi tasking resourceful chaps."

Sugar's tweet prompted hundreds of critical responses, including from BBC newsreader Babita Sharma, accusing the 71-year-old of racism.


The British billionaire, who appears on BBC show The Apprentice, eventually deleted the tweet and issued a full apology.

"I misjudged [my] earlier tweet," Sugar posted. "It was in no way intended to cause offence, and clearly my attempt at humour has backfired. I have deleted the tweet and am very sorry."

Senegal, who boast Liverpool forward Sadio Mane in their squad, beat Poland 2-1 in their World Cup opener on Tuesday.

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