Swindon’s Kevin Amankwaah apologises for ‘cancer’ insult to Millwall’s Neil Harris

Posted by - October 13, 2009 - League One

A low blow

Swindon Town defender Kevin Amankwaah has apologised to Millwall striker Neil Harris over a jibe about his battle with cancer.

The 27-year-old initially denied accusations that he had brought up cancer during an on-pitch slanging match with Harris, but has now issue an apology.

He said: “While I feel I was the subject of some abusive comments I regret any offence my comment may have caused and extend an apology to Neil, a player and a man for whom I have a high regard.”

The insult is alleged to have referred to Harris having one testicle after having the other removed during his treatment for the disease.

Harris said: “It was probably the worst thing that’s ever been said to me on a football field. Things are said on the field all the time – some should never be said. Ever.”

A Swindon statement read: “Kevin acknowledges he may have reacted inappropriately in a verbal exchange. He made what could be construed as an insensitive comment relating to the illness Harris successfully fought.

“Kevin stated that his comments, which were very out of character, were made in what was a highly-competitive match, where passions were running high.”

Amankwaah is also making a donation to the Everyman Cancer Charity, which has Harris as its patron.