It’s fair to say not many would have been expecting the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Twin Towers to come up at Frank Lampard’s New York City FC unveiling.
But unfortunately for Lamps, an incident allegedly involving himself 13 years ago reared its ugly head, in which he was accused of mocking American tourists on a night out the day after 9/11.
New York journalists discovered the story when researching Lampard, and one such reporter decided to ask Lampard about it.
The moment does not feature on the video above, but one can only imagine how excruciatinly awkward this must have been.
Lampard took the opportunity to set the record straight, and replied:
“I categorically did not set out to insult anyone or behave badly in front of the Americans and this is an excellent chance to say that. I’m very sensitive to the issue and the tragedy.
“I have some regrets. I was naive and a young boy at the time. I was out on a day I shouldn’t have been.
“I’ve tried in the last 13 years at Chelsea to be a good man, not just a good footballer but a good man off the pitch.
I’d like to think I’ve done that, and I want New Yorkers to hear that and see that. It’s up to me to show them and prove the footballer I am and person I am.
Unfortunately it was very much misreported at the time in England and it’s actually a chance for me to finally say that.”
NYCFC Sporting Director Claudio Reyna added:
He has explained it, and he’s dealt with it.
We’re beyond comfortable with the person he is, and the man he is and the experiences he’s had. He’s a model professional. Anyone you ask can tell you the kind of person he is.”
To reiterate, the quotes do not appear on the video above, which shows Lampard talking about his excitement at getting to play at Yankee Stadium, how he’ll adapt to humidity, etc.
Via (The Mirror)