CARLTON COLE has sparked outrage after suggesting Manchester City vs West Ham could be "a Holocaust".
The pundit, 38, was providing his pre-match analysis for the BBC when he used the term, which has upset many listeners.
Cole said on BBC Five Live: “You gotta give Man City some respect… otherwise you’re gonna get picked off and then it’s gonna be a Holocaust, and you don’t want that."
In response to the backlash Cole came back on air to issue an apology while also replying "sorry mate" to a fan on Twitter who called his words "absolutely disgusting".
Fans were naturally shocked at Cole's choice of words and some have called for Cole to be dropped as a pundit.
Cole's apology came in response to one Twitter user who wrote: "Shocking to hear that Carlton Cole just used the word ‘Holocaust’ as a football pundit on BBC Five Live when talking about a potential result.
"Absolutely disgusting. No apology on air yet. How is this even possible??"
Another added: "Carlton Cole’s use of the word Holocaust in the context of a potential football result is way, way out of order and nobody has said a single word about it, it’s not acceptable."
A third said: "Carlton Cole saying holocaust live on air. Hopefully never on the radio again."
Last month Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton provoked similar fury by using the term 'Holocaust' to describe a poor performance from his side.
That led to fierce criticism with Sussex Friends of Israel – a community group dedicated to promoting a better understanding of Israel.
A statement from the group in reference to Barton read: "The use of the term ‘Holocaust’ has been so badly abused in recent years that idiots think it can be used in the context of a bad performance by a football team.
“If you need to remind people like Barton that 6,000,000 perished in the Shoah I despair for the future.”
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