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The former Chelsea midfielder says he wants the people of New York to know he loves the city and feels he has proved he is good man off the pitch during his time at Stamford Bridge

Frank Lampard has explained an incident involving American tourists a day after the 9/11 terrorist attacks following his move to New York City FC from Chelsea.

The England international was fined by the Blues for an incident at Heathrow Airport in 2001 and has apologised for his behaviour, but denied heckling travellers from the United States.

The 36-year-old was interviewed during a visit to the New York Yankees commentary booth, where he also discussed his IQ and his move to MLS, and insisted he did not insult anyone.

“I’m actually quite grateful to have the opportunity to address this coming over here now because I was bit young and a bit stupid,” he said.

“One thing I wanted to say here is categorically I didn’t heckle anybody, I didn’t insult anybody, because that’s not the kind of guy I am.

“I want the New York people to know I’m coming here I love the city I think in the last 10 to 13 years at Chelsea I’ve proved hopefully that I’m a good man off the football pitch as well as a football player.”