Gary Lineker has mocked Romelu Lukaku's apology to Chelsea supporters after the Belgium striker started in their Carabao Cup semi-final first leg victory over Tottenham.
The 28-year-old had admitted that the interview was not the right thing to do after facing a huge backlash from supporters and being dropped by his manager.
Lukaku had admitted that he wanted to return to Inter Milan and had regrets over his Serie A departure – as well as criticising the tactics at his current side.
The former Manchester United striker returned to Stamford Bridge after firing Inter to glory in Italy last season, costing Chelsea a club record £97.5million.
In the opening stages of the eventual 2-0 victory, Lukaku had a chance to shoot at goal but opted to pass across the box – and couldn't find a colleague as the move came to nothing.
Lineker wrote: "Poor ball from Lukaku. He must apologise immediately."
The joke came a day after the striker apologised to fans in an interview published on the official club website – with his words dividing supporters.
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Lukaku said: "I'm sorry for the upset, cause you guys know the connection I have with this club since my teenage years. So you know, I totally understand you guys being upset.
"Obviously, it's up to me now to restore your trust. And I'll do my best to show my commitment every day on the training ground and in games, trying to make sure that we win games.
"And yeah, also, you know, to the manager, I apologise and also to my teammates and the board. Because, you know, I think it was not the right moment."
Adding: "I think I should have been much clearer in my message to be honest.
"Because the interview was about saying goodbye to the Inter fans, it was not about trying to disrespect the (Chelsea) fans, the football club, the owner, my team-mates, the technical staff.
"Because they made a lot of efforts for me to come back here and I wanted to come back here. I was on a mission to come back since I left, so I totally understand the frustrations of the fans.
"But now it’s on me to make sure my commitment is at 100 per cent and I will do that in every game."
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