Jermaine Pennant has issued an apology for his performance on Sky Sports News on Friday.
The former Liverpool winger was accused of being drunk on live television by viewers on social media, before being taken off by Sky Sports News bosses.
The popular sports channel said Pennant’s manner on the show ‘failed to meet our production standards’.
In a statement released on Twitter, Pennant, who appeared to slur his words on the show, insisted he did not go out the night before.
He said: “I apologise to everyone at Sky Sports and the viewers for my below-par performance today, the channel have given me opportunities over the past months and I have never let them down like this before.
“I’m gutted because only yesterday I had a really good stint on talkSPORT.
“There are no excuses here, I am eager to have a career in TV and hope I haven’t done irreparable damage.
“Contrary to speculation on social media I didn’t go out last night, I’ve been trying so hard to be professional over the past period, I’ve let down a lot of people and it won’t happen again. Once again I apologise sincerely.”