Air steward apologises for F1 chief slur

A SUFFOLK air steward has apologised for making “unfounded” allegations of racism and homophobia against McLaren Formula One chairman Ron Dennis.

A SUFFOLK air steward has apologised for making “unfounded” allegations of racism and homophobia against McLaren Formula One chairman Ron Dennis.

Peter Boland, from Stowmarket, worked for Mr Dennis on his private jet for five years but was dismissed in May 2007.

The 27-year-old subsequently claimed in an employment tribunal that he had been victimised and discriminated against because of his sexual orientation, and said that he was sacked over untrue rumours that he was gay.

He also claimed that Mr Dennis, 61, washed his hands because he had been “shaking hands with Arabs all day.”

But at the hearing in Southampton today, Mr Boland read out a prepared statement which said he had decided to withdraw the claim.

He also apologised unreservedly for the allegations.