MasterChef judge George Calombaris has apologised after an outburst with a sports fan at the A-League Grand Final.
A video in which he confronts a Sydney FC fan at Allianz Stadium has attracted media attention.
The 3AW video shows one fan yelling abuse at Calombaris over staff payments at his restaurant, before the exchange.
“I am really disappointed with what occurred last night,” he said in a statement.
“I was genuinely shocked when post-match football banter turned into personal abuse about my family. I regret the way in which I reacted, I am disappointed that I let it get to me, and I sincerely apologise for offending anyone. While I am not proud of my reaction to the situation, I was offended by a spectator yelling out abusive and derogatory comments about my family.
“I have spoken to Melbourne Victory FC and Football Federation Australia today to report the situation and I’m truly sorry that this has happened.”
Calombaris-owned restaurants The Press Club, Gazi and Hellenic Republic underpaid staff to the tune of $2.6m in salary errors dating back to 2011 which is has vowed to repay.