On Monday evening tweets exchanged between Dietmar Hamann and I went beyond the boundaries of banter, opinion and common sense.
I accept that my comments were offensive, untrue and related to matters of a personal nature, of which I had no knowledge.
I have apologised to Dietmar personally and now wish to apologise through the same social media channels that I used to make them, as well as my own website.
I appreciate my comments have caused Dietmar and his family some distress and I fully regret that.
I also appreciate that my comments should not have been made, as they could have damaged Dieitmar’s reputation, which should remain intact as a fantastic player and ambassador for German Football, as well as the game in general.
Dietmar and I have now agreed to draw a line under the unfortunate exchange and neither of us will be making any further comments on the subject.