Gary Lineker responds to Luke Chadwick after he detailed anguish of TV abuse

Gary Lineker is the latest pundit to apologise to Luke Chadwick after he revealed the serious impact TV abuse had on his self-esteem.

Lineker follows Nick Hancock who said he is "appalled" at himself for mocking the player on BBC panel show 'They Think It's All Over'.

The show would make fun of Chadwick's appearance as he was breaking through at Manchester United.

Broadcaster Hancock hosted the show, which Chadwick said he used to "dread" coming on the television.

On Twitter Lineker wrote: "I was part of that show, therefore, I too would like to apologise to Luke Chadwick for any hurt caused."

Hancock added: "Listening to Luke is incredibly humbling, he's shown so much more generosity and understanding and good judgement than we did at the time.

"I'm appalled for him and at myself. When I hear him speaking, I'm full of admiration for the present Luke Chadwick and full of sympathy for the young Luke Chadwick.

"The terrible thing about comedians and comedy shows is that if you're getting laughs, you think you're doing a good job.

"Of course the worst thing for Luke was that it became a bit of a running joke. To us it was a photograph. That's not good obviously, we should have been thinking about the person, but that's what can happen."

Hancock now wants to make amends in person, adding: "Nobody should expect Luke to have called us on it, but it would have been effective if say the PFA or his club had said something.

"I'm desperate to be in touch with him. I would be happy to meet him and hopefully we could put it to bed. If he feels he couldn't forgive me, although he sounds like he may be able to, I would understand that too."

Chadwick was 19 when he was breaking through at Manchester United, and told the BBC how the show impacted his self-esteem.

Now 39, the two-time Premier League winner with United, said: "That's all I'm known for and spoken about – the way I looked. That isn't right.

"I became a picture of fun, and that was probably the hardest thing.

"A popular TV show – [the attention] was magnified, so that's what I was seen as by everyone off the back of that.

"I used to dread it coming on the telly. I wouldn't watch it but then I'd get a text off someone saying 'Oh you've been on that show again' as if it was a joke.

"Obviously people were finding it funny, but it was eating away at me a bit inside while that was happening."

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