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Carlton Cole apologises for comparing a possible heavy West Ham defeat at Man City to the Holocaust

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Derby County v West Ham United npower Football League Championship - Pride Park - 31/12/11 West Ham's Carlton Cole looks dejected - Carlton Cole apologises for comparing West Ham's possible defeat at Man City to the Holocaust - ACTION IMAGES
Derby County v West Ham United npower Football League Championship - Pride Park - 31/12/11 West Ham's Carlton Cole looks dejected - Carlton Cole apologises for comparing West Ham's possible defeat at Man City to the Holocaust - ACTION IMAGES

Former England striker Carlton Cole has apologised for comments comparing a possible heavy West Ham defeat at Manchester City to the Holocaust.

Cole made the analogy on BBC Radio 5 Live during the build-up to Sunday's Premier League game at the Etihad Stadium.

Asked if West Ham boss David Moyes had selected a defensive side against the champions, Cole replied: "You can say he has gone a bit negative. Why not?

"You've got to give Man City some respect otherwise you're going to get picked off.

"Otherwise it will be a Holocaust and you don't want that."

The Holocaust, carried out by the Nazis during the Second World War, claimed the lives of around six million Jews.

Cole's comments came on the first day of Hanukkah, an eight-day Jewish festival which commemorates the recovery of Jerusalem.

The former West Ham and Chelsea forward later apologised for his remarks on the same show.

He said: "I'd just like to apologise to the listeners for a totally unacceptable phrase that I used earlier in the show.

"I'm sorry if I've offended anybody, really and truly. Sorry."

Last month, Bristol Rovers manager Joey Barton apologised after comparing a poor performance from his League Two side to the Holocaust.

Barton said after a 3-1 loss to Newport: “Someone gets in and does well but then gets suspended or injured. Someone gets in for a game, does well but then has a Holocaust, a nightmare, an absolute disaster.”

He later said: “I’m just going to say there were some comments made after the press conference last week where clearly no offence was meant, but some people have rightly pointed out to me the use of the analogy was not correct.

“The FA wrote to me this week to remind us of our language and communications, and the last thing you want to do is cause offence or upset anybody. So if anybody was offended by that, I would like to apologise for that and I think the FA were right to write to me and remind me of that. You hope to use better analogies in future, but it was certainly with no malice or offence intended to anybody.”

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