Matt Le Tissier has posted a video in response to the backlash he faced on social media after sharing an image appearing to compare the plight of the holocaust to the present day situation of wearing masks during the coronavirus pandemic.
Taking to Twitter on Friday, Le Tissier re-shared an image which had been posted by a user in response to a video showing a police officer challenging a member of the public on a train about the failure to wear a protective mask.
The image used showed holocaust victim Anne Frank, with words above which read: 'The people who hid Anne Frank were breaking the law. The people who killed her were following it.'
Matt Le Tissier has posted a video acknowledging a tweet he received online backlash from
The post showed an image of Anne Frank along with a caption regarding her treatment
Le Tissier re-shared the image on his personal Twitter account and added: 'Remember this' - which led to widespread backlash on the social media page.
The former Southampton star and axed football pundit has since deleted the tweet and has now posted a video to acknowledge the backlash.
He said: 'So I thought I would tweet this video as it may clear a few things up from this morning. Twitter can be a great page for uploading and sharing but on occasions this can be misconstrued in the process as I found out today.
'Firstly, let me clear up the tweet. I never for one moment thought that some, not all people, would take it in the way that they did.
'To clear up my response to the journalist with laughing emojis, it was because I genuinely couldn't believe he'd taken it and conflated it that way. When I realised the tweet could be misconstrued this way I deleted it and I apologised.
'Throughout this pandemic, I have from very early on realised the devastating impact that this was going to have on the mental health of the nation so I've taken it upon myself to find and share any positive information I can to try and bring hope to people who have been scared out of their minds by the incessant negativity that seems to have enveloped the nation.
'I like many others have been extremely concerned that it appears people have been too scared to get their symptoms checked for other illnesses. I believe a better balance needs to be found.'
A huge backlash immediately followed the shared Tweet on Friday morning, with Twitter users giving Le Tissier a piece of their mind and strongly condemning his actions.
TV judge Robert Rinder was among those to slam the Southampton FC ambassador, having lost seven of his family members to Nazi death camps.
His grandfather Morris Malenicky was taken to Schlieben concentration camp in Germany, where he was forced to work producing missiles for the German army.
He wrote: 'I'd say more about how painfully insensitive this is but sometimes things are what they seem and people are who they seem to be. You are Stupid! Stupid!