Ghanaian MP, Isaac Adongo, has apologized for mocking Manchester United defender Harry Maguire during a parliamentary debate last year.
Adongo’s comments, which were made in reference to Ghana’s vice president, Mahamudu Bawumia’s economic policies, drew widespread criticism from both Ghanaians and fans of Manchester United.
Adongo said in his speech that Bawumia was “tackling his own players and giving assists to opponents,” similar to how Maguire had been performing for Manchester United at the time.
Maguire was facing heavy criticism for his own performances, and Adongo’s comments were seen as deeply offensive and insensitive.
In response to the backlash, Adongo issued an apology in a statement on Tuesday, November 22, 2023. He said that his comments had been “ill-considered” and that he “deeply regretted” any offense they had caused.
He also praised Maguire for his “transformation” as a player and said that he was “now scoring goals for Manchester United.”
Maguire accepted the apology in a post on social media on Wednesday, November 23, 2023.
He said that he had “seen” the apology and that he “was glad” that Adongo had “taken it back.” He also said that he was “looking forward” to seeing Adongo at Old Trafford, Manchester United’s home ground.
MP Isaac Adongo apologizes for mocking Maguire’s performance in parliament in this video;
“Today, Maguire has turned the corner and is a transformational footballer”— ⬅️ Maguire's people (@JoySportsGH) November 22, 2023
Ghanaian MP Isaac Adongo, who ridiculed Harry Maguire months ago for scoring own goals, has apologized to the Manchester United defender.#JoySports pic.twitter.com/WciD3D3SEL
Many people, including Ghanaian football fans and Manchester United supporters, appreciate Adongo’s apology. It shows that he is mature and understands the situation.
His apology helped calm things down. However, some people still think his comments were hurtful, even though he apologized. They also think he should apologize to Bawumia too.
Overall, Adongo’s apology is a good thing, but it also shows that we need to be more careful about what we say in public.