Melbourne Victory's star midfielder Keisuke Honda vows to keep practicing his English after he was left red-faced when his pronunciation let him down during a press conference.
The former Japan national team captain is expected to make his long-awaited return to football against the Perth Glory this weekend after recovering from a hamstring injury.
On Friday, the 32-year-old was addressing the media about his injury which has kept him out for nearly two months, when he unintentionally appeared to drop the f-bomb in front of reporters.
"I have to take care of myself, it's bad but it's real, it's fact," Honda said
The word 'fact' sounded like something else and there was a moment before Victory coach Kevin Muscat cleared the air.
"Fact. Fact, he said," Muscat said, correcting those who thought Honda said f**ked.
Honda looked mortified and quickly apologised.
"Fact, sorry. My pronunciation is maybe bad," said Honda, as reporters laughed
After the press conference, Honda took to Twitter where he promised to practice his English.