Yaya Toure apologises for ‘inappropriate joke’ ahead of Soccer Aid charity game

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Former Manchester City and Barcelona midfielder Yaya Toure has apologised for an "inappropriate joke" which resulted in him reportedly being dropped from this weekend's Soccer Aid charity game.

A report claims the 37-year-old was asked to leave the team hotel after posting content on a group message chat which offended fellow squad members.

Toure has admitted his mistake and regrets the negative publicity which has deflected from Sunday's fundraising game for children's charity Unicef at Old Trafford.

"I would like to apologise to everyone involved in Soccer Aid for an inappropriate joke I deeply regret," he wrote on Twitter.

"It was meant as a joke however I lacked thorough consideration for the feelings of other participants.

"That being said I deleted the jokes within minutes and I immediately apologised to all inside the group.

"We gather for a good cause and this deviates the focus of the game which is to bring everyone together to help children around the world.

"It's sad to see an inappropriate joke I made attract the attention which should be fully devoted to the beauty of the charity game.

"Regardless of the circumstances, I want to take full responsibility. I am a grown man who should not be engaged in such jokes.

"I am very sorry for my mistake and I wish everyone all the best with Soccer Aid on Sunday in raising awareness and funds for important causes."

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Barcelona's Gneri Toure Yaya (left) and Manchester United's Cristiano Ronaldo battle for the ball during the UEFA Champions League Final at the Olympic Stadium, Rome.
Barcelona's Gneri Toure Yaya and Celtic's Shunsuke Nakamura battle for the ball
Manchester United's Ji-Sung Park and Barcelona's Toure Yaya during the UEFA Champions League, Semi Final, Second Leg match at Old Trafford, Manchester.
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Manchester City's Gnegneri Toure Yaya (centre) celebrates scoring their second goal of the game
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Manchester City's Gnegneri Toure Yaya and Manchester United's Paul Scholes (right) battle for the ball
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Manchester City's Carlos Tevez (second right) celebrates with his team-mates Yaya Toure (second left) and Samir Nasri (left) after scoring his team's third goal from the penalty spot
Manchester City's Yaya Toure speaks during a press conference at Carrington Training Ground, Manchester.
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Manchester City's Yaya Toure scores from a free kick during the Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.
Manchester City's Yaya Toure celebrates with his team-mate Edin Dzeko (right) after scoring his team's second goal
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Manchester City's Yaya Toure scores his second goal during the Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.
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According to The Sun an insider said: "Everyone at Soccer Aid was disgusted by Yaya's messages.

"There is a WhatsApp group for his team, the World XI, and everyone had been chatting in it.

"Without being prompted, Yaya posted a video of a naked woman in a bath.

"She was acting in a lewd manner and it was highly inappropriate.

"He went on to say he could get 19 women like the one in the video to come to the hotel to the pleasure of those playing the match.

"It was absolutely disgraceful and caused a huge amount of distress to some of the people who received the messages.

"Soccer Aid is a charity game and is raising money for children.

"So to have one of the players, especially one who is supposed to be a professional, making such lewd and gross suggestions is despicable."

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