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Footballers have done far worse, says Debbie McGee

FORMER Strictly contestant Debbie McGee has defended Seann Walsh, insisting that cheating footballers do a lot worse than have a drunken snog.

The widow of magician Paul Daniels stood up for the comedian, who has been dumped by his girlfriend Rebecca Humphries for kissing his dance partner Katya Jones.

Debbie, 59, who partnered Giovanni Pernice last year, said: ‘Regarding the apology, I understand why it was done. It’s a family programme and so they are protecting the image. But, I thought, there’s been so many footballers that have done far worse than this, and were they made to make an apology? It really is a private thing.’

Speaking on The Telegraph’s Strictly podcast, she concluded: ‘I feel sad for everybody, but it will be forgotten in a couple of days.’ Meanwhile, former Strictly judge Arlene Phillips stunned fans by suggesting Katya and her husband Neil may have an open relationship.

‘I know many people who have open relationships,’ the 75-year-old said on Lorraine.