BBC apologises for Boycott swearing

Monday, November 30 2009, 11:21 GMT

By Andrew Laughlin,

The BBC has apologised for Geoff Boycott's use of strong language during Radio 5 Live cricket coverage of England's match against South Africa.

Yesterday, radio listeners overheard the cricket legend shouting "f**king to**er" during a live broadcast of the fourth one-day international at Port Elizabeth.

The comment came as England took South African's sixth wicket, with Ryan McLaren being caught by Paul Collingwood for a fifth-ball duck.

However, a BBC source said that it is still unclear who the comment was aimed at and Boycott did not know that he was on-air.

In response, a Radio 5 Live spokesman said: "An off-air comment made by Geoffrey Boycott in a live broadcast was heard by some listeners which we apologised for as soon as we realised it had been audible."