Van Basten, who made the comment after a German coach had been interviewed by a reporter, apologized later in the show. Fox Sports said in a statement on Monday that it distanced itself from the comment, which the broadcaster called “stupid and inappropriate.”
Fox says it will not use Van Basten as an analyst this week and will donate his fee to a Dutch institute to promote knowledge about World War II. Van Basten was a striker for Ajax and AC Milan and was one of the stars of the Netherlands team that won the European Championship in 1988.
After his playing career, he coached the Netherlands and other teams and was a senior official at FIFA.
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