Carlisle apologises over Reginald D Hunter PFA show

Professional Footballers’ Association chairman Clarke Carlisle believes that his organisation made “a huge mistake” in hiring Reginald D Hunter to perform at Sunday night’s awards dinner in London.

Hunter, a black comedian from the United States, repeatedly used the word “n*****” which was not well received in the ballroom of the Grosvenor House hotel in Mayfair.

The Northampton defender, who took over as PFA chairman in 2010, said: “I thought with everything that we have gone through over the last few years, using a comedian of his type was a bad error in judgment. I was embarrassed throughout and I want to apologise unreservedly to the footballing community that was present.”

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Carlisle’s comments bring him into conflict with the organisation’s chief executive, Gordon Taylor, who tried to play down the furore.

Asked whether it was a mistake to allow Hunter to perform, Taylor replied: “No, no, don’t be silly. Are you serious?

“I think there were a few raised eyebrows over the comedian but that is the sort of thing you can’t control. It was unfortunate. He is a professional comedian. It’s a difficult subject in football and with him not being fully aware of how emotive it has been in football, that was probably a difficulty for him.”