Eddie McGuire mocks plane crash survivor’s coin toss

Cynthia Banham alongside Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd her doctor in 2008

Cynthia Banham alongside Former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd her doctor in 2008

Eddie McGuire has stepped aside from today's Fox Sports broadcast after he criticised Sydney Swans ambassador and double amputee Cynthia Banham's coin toss at the SCG on Friday night.

While Banham struggled to toss the coin, Maguire made fun of her in the commentary box, suggesting she should have practised before making her appearance on the pitch.

Eddie McGuire faced a wave of backlash for his "ignorance and lack of empathy" after criticising the flipping style of Cynthia Banham, a former Sydney Morning Herald journalist who lost her legs in a 2007 Indonesia plane crash.

McGuire, speaking on his Triple M breakfast show on Monday, said he felt physically ill in the wake of his comments on Fox Footy.

"My first thoughts are what have I done to this wonderful person", he said.

Swans chairman Andrew Pridham called for action against McGuire but the AFL have so far only noted McGuire's apology.

"You get beaten up in the media on these things, but not half as much as you beat yourself up". Come on, toss it up properly, for goodness sake.

Eddie McGuire hugs Josh Thomas after Collingtwood's loss to the Eagles in the 2018 AFL Grand Final.

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McGuire, who has withdrawn from covering a game on Saturday, later apologised on air and issued a statement in which he said he was "deeply sorry and regretful for the comments I made last night about the coin tossing system".

"I had absolutely no visibility whatsoever as to what was going on in Sydney".

"I should never have spoken without properly viewing the footage.

I wasn't looking at the monitor and out of the corner of my eye I saw the coin flick out and I went off on a tangent of jocularity and that's what it was, it was mucking around", he said.

McGuire first apologised for his gaffe halfway through the match on Friday stood down from TV commitments over the weekend as a gesture of goodwill. He immediately apologised if anyone had taken offence to his ridiculing of Banham, declaring he was "devastated" when he learnt of the severity of the situation.

McGuire apologised on air and later issued a statement saying he had made a decision to withdraw from calling Saturday's match between Essendon Bombers and St Kilda saints in Melbourne.

'I'm so sorry, I'm profoundly sorry, I've apologised unreservedly and at the appropriate time, I hope to get the chance to do so personally, ' he said.

"It had nothing to do with the Cynthia Banham, who was the coin tosser tonight at the SCG who has a disability".

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