Frank Lampard apologises for insulting Americans post-9/11

Frank Lampard has apologised for drunkenly insulting Americans in the wake of the September 11 attacks.

The former Chelsea midfielder, who has joined New York City FC, told ITV News he will go to the 9/11 memorial to pay his respects.

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'Young and naive' Lampard sorry for post-9/11 abuse

Frank Lampard told ITV News he regrets drunkenly abusing Americans in the wake of the September 11 attacks, admitting he "was young and naive".

New York City FC's Frank Lampard. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Wire

The midfielder, who has joined New York City FC, said: "I was young and naive...and now have some regrets about what I did.

"I categorically didn't set out to insult anyone and have badly tried for 13 years at Chelsea to be a good man on and off the pitch and I want everyone to see that I have improved.

"The most important thing to say is, I did not set out to hurt anyone. I was misrepresented by the British newspapers at the time.

"I will go to the 911 memorial to pay my respects and to show New Yorkers who I am and to apologise."

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I want to carry on challenging myself. I want to be that leader on and off the pitch. I'm coming to a great city and I want to show that I can play great football and be a great personality in the locker room.

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– Frank Lampard
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