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Byline: DEMELZA de BURCA

Tony defiant over Nazi atrocity gaffe DEFIANT soccer pundit Tony Cascarino has refused to admit he offended anyone by describing a player as having a "holocaust" of a game.

The former Republic of Ireland star was on Sky Sports News in August talking about Manchester United's 8-2 walloping of Arsenal when he likened Armand Traore's display to the Nazi atrocity.

Fans were furious at the comparison. One wrote online: "He should be sacked on the spot. Appallingly ignorant."

Despite not being invited back to the programme since the gaffe, the football legend - a finalist in this year's Celebrity Bainisteoir - said it has not damaged his career.

He told the Irish Daily Mirror yesterday: "I haven't been on since I had a bit of disaster on TV but only a little one. I was told I'll be back working there soon but we'll see.

"It hasn't damaged my career, not at all. It's one of the things of life, you get on with it.

"Everything is perception in life. If people wanted to perceive that I said something offensive in that way, it's up to them.

"I didn't mean any harm. I think people realise that. But damaged? Not at all. I'm fine. I'm happy with what I'm doing and enjoying it a lot."

Cascarino, who had a soccer career that spanned over 20 years, is currently gearing up for tonight's RTE Celebrity Bainisteoir final where his team Killeshin will meet Paul Gogarty and Oughterard's Seamus O Maille GAA Galway club.

He said: "I can't wait for the match and I'm looking forward to finishing a really long journey with the boys because we've been together for a long time now.

"Hopefully we can finish it in style, win the game. It's been a great experience.

"I'm very relaxed.

The training has been done. Let's just wait until we get to the game.

"I'm quietly confident by the way the lads have performed but I think we can win.

"It's how you perform on the night."

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