By Nathan Salt For Mailonline
Published: 07:17 BST, 17 September 2019 | Updated: 07:25 BST, 17 September 2019
Disgraced Italian TV pundit Luciano Passirani, who said the only way to stop Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku is 'if you have 10 bananas to give to him to eat', has spoken out for the first time since being sacked.
The 80-year-old's racist comments on station TopCalcio24 were picked up globally and he was soon met with a barrage of abuse from outraged football fans.
Passirani has since spoken to broadcaster Telelombardia in a bid to prove he is 'not a racist' by revealing his partner of 17 years and his two nieces are black.
Italian TV pundit Luciano Passirani has been widely condemned and banned from channel TopCalcio24 after a racially-tinged comment about Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku
The disgraced pundit admits he would like to apologise to Lukaku 'in person' over his comment
'I am 80 years old,' he said. 'I have been in the world of football for 40 years, I have never received a disqualification for behavior in any of the roles I have held, but I accept the decision made against me.
'I would like not to pass for a racist. My partner who has lived with me for 17