Kick It Out have “unreservedly apologised” to Brighton following feedback made by its Head of Growth Troy Townsend over the dismissal of Chris Hughton.
Hughton was sacked by Brighton on Monday after securing them a 17th-placed end within the Premier League.
Townsend then criticised the choice in a Day by day Telegraph interview.
Kick It Out mentioned it apologised “for the influence the feedback have had on the membership’s fame”.
The anti-racism physique added in a press release it was additionally sorry for any inference from Townsend’s feedback that Hughton’s sacking was “linked in any technique to his ethnicity”.
Hughton, 60, was contracted with the Seagulls till 2021.
The previous Newcastle and Norwich boss had guided Albion to an FA Cup semi-final earlier this season, the place they misplaced 1-Zero to Manchester Metropolis at Wembley.
Townsend, father of Crystal Palace ahead Andros, described Hughton’s dismissal as “shabby” within the interview.
He mentioned: “We are actually at worse than sq. one. What individuals do not perceive is the actual difficulties for black managers getting by means of the bottle neck on the high of soccer. We’re speaking about measly numbers.
“It is so shabby. What are the expectations of Brighton? Certainly it’s to remain within the league. You’re fourth from backside and you’ve got to an FA Cup semi-final. I do not get it.
“They should have been planning it for a while. Have a look at how Chris has been handled at Newcastle and Norwich and now Brighton? Being good is his nature, however I do know behind closed doorways he’s a special man, he is aware of easy methods to get his groups going. He has given Brighton one other yr of Premier League soccer and he will get repaid like this? Actually?”
Hughton first joined Brighton in December 2014 and led the membership to the Premier League for the primary time in 2017.