Former cricketer Geoffrey Boycott criticised for saying he needs to 'black up' to get a knighthood

Former cricketer Geoffrey Boycott criticised for saying he could get a knighthood by blacking up

Geoffrey Boycott has apologised for his comments

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Former cricketer Geoffrey Boycott has been criticised for saying he'd be more likely to get a knighthood if he "blacked up."

He also claimed that honours are handed out to West Indian cricketers “like confetti," according to The Independent.

The Yorkshireman made the comments at a Q&A session after England and the West Indies played in a test match at Edgbaston.

Later the 76-year-old apologised for the remarks and said that they were unacceptable. Boycott also said: “I meant no offence but what I said was clearly wrong and I apologise unreservedly.

“I have loved West Indian cricket my whole life and have the utmost respect for its players.”

Boycott, who currently works as a commentator for the BBC, played 108 test matches for England and scored 151 first-class centuries during a glittering career.

However he has been overlooked for an honour due to being convicted in a French court of domestic violence in 1998.

The court found that Boycott beat his girlfriend at the time Margaret Moore, but he has always denied this.