FORMER Saints striker Matt Le Tissier has apologised and deleted a controversial tweet about Anne Frank after a surge of social media backlash.

Earlier today the retired footballer re-tweeted a picture which read: "The people who hid Anne Frank were breaking the law. The people who killed her were following it."

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This prompted thousands to comment on Mr Le Tissier's tweet as they claim he was comparing the Holocaust to wearing a mask.

However, he has now deleted the tweet and apologised.

Taking to Twitter, he said: "Apologies for the recent tweet. Obviously taken out of context so I’ve deleted it so there’s no confusion"