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Frank Lampard has said he will visit the memorial to 9/11 victims after his move to New York City FC was met with hostility from local press over allegations he "mocked" American tourists in the wake of the terror attacks.
Admitting he was "young and naive" at the time of the incident, the former Chelsea midfielder told ITV News that he would visit the memorial to pay his respects.
Frank Lampard told ITV News he regrets drunkenly abusing Americans in the wake of the September 11 attacks, admitting he "was young and naive".
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."
ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship has tweeted:
Former Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard has joined New York City FC, the Major League Soccer franchise have announced.
The 36-year-old left Chelsea at the end of last season after 13 seasons and as the clubs record goal scorer with 211 goals.
New York City are co-owned by Manchester City and Major League Baseball's New York Yankees.
Lampard start with New York in February 2015, when the MLS season gets underway.