Stevenage manager Dino Maamria has personally invited Lewis Hamilton to come back to his home town to watch them play following the Formula 1 world champion's controversial comments.

It's after Hamilton referred to Stevenage as ‘the slums’ during a speech at Sunday's BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards.

He has since apologised for his remarks via a video posted on Instagram in which he admitted he "chose the wrong words".

Speaking at the League Two club's training ground on Thursday, Stevenage boss Maamria called for people to get off Hamilton's back and even urged the F1 star to come and support his local team.

Hamilton made the comments at the BBC Sports Personality of the Year awards. Credit: PA

"Let's not to be too harsh on Lewis Hamilton, we should be proud of him," he said.

"He's (Hamilton) a friend of my family, their family is friends with my wife's family. He comes from a very good family. It's out of character for him to say that.

"If he can come to the Lamex Stadium for one of the games, then that would be fantastic.

"If he wants to really say sorry about it, he should come to support us at one of the games and I invite him personally."