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FORMER national footballer Chris Birchall has apologised for his tweet concerning race, saying it was misinterpreted.

Birchall, who was a member of the 2006 TT World Cup team, tweeted on Friday, "Yes Black lives matter of course they do, but am I allowed to write White lives matter, Asian lives matter, Indian lives matter #AllLivesMatter."

Birchall received heavy criticism for his tweet and later deleted it.

The former LA Galaxy midfielder later posted. "I apologise if people were offended by my tweet. It was a tweet saying everyone matters. Regardless of race, regardless of colour, regardless of religion. My best friends are different races. I hate racism and wish everyone got treated equal but don’t turn that into a racist comment."

There have been protests all over the world following the killing of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis while in police custody. George Floyd was arrested on May 25 and died on the street after a white police officer knelt on his neck for approximately eight minutes. The officer has been charged for second degree murder.


SOURCE: T&T Newsday