Martin O'Neill apologises for 'inappropriate' comment

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill has apologised for making an "inappropriate" comment he made last week ahead of the European football championships.

O'Neill and the rest of the squad and coaching staff attended a big Euro 2016 send-off event in Cork on Wednesday, at which the 64-year-old is reported to have joked that he had taken coaches Steve Guppy and Steve Walford to the Superbowl in America so people did not think he and assistant Roy Keane were "queers".

The event was not not open to the media, but excepts were subsequently broadcast by organisers Today FM.

Speaking in Abbotstown on Monday, O'Neill said:

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill during a training camp at Fota Island Resort in Cork last week. Credit: PA

O'Neill is well known for his attempts at humour, which can be quirky to say the least - and he often apologises for the quality, rather than subject matter, of his off-the-cuff remarks during press conferences.

Earlier this year he was criticised for suggesting "ugly" wives and girlfriends would not be allowed into the team hotel at Euro 2016