Spanish newspaper ABC apologized to Barcelona star Ansu Fati after their match story contrasted his speed with that of a “black street vendor escaping the police.”
The 17-year-old scored his second in an impressive display in Barcelona’s 5-1 win over Ferencvaros on Tuesday night.
In the aftermath of the win, however, the paper’s portrayal of the Guinea-Bissau-born Spanish international was confirmed.
“Ansu in full flight has something of a gazelle about him, a very young black street vendor that you unexpectedly see running along Paseo de Gracia when someone yelling ‘water, water’ (to alert other street vendors) confirmed that the local police had arrived.”
“Now this kind of thing doesn’t happen, because, for Ada Colau (the left-wing mayor of Barcelona), the perpetrators are the police, not the street vendors, who don’t have to run away. It is also true that business is very poor without visitors.”
The author, Salvador Sostres, made a public apology on the ABC website on Thursday morning. But local media sources say that Barcelona is going to take legal action on the matter.
“As I tried to highlight the beauty of Ansu’s movement and his class as a young player, some phrases were interpreted as racial discrimination.”
“That could not be further from my intentions or views, which are very favorable to the player, as I have always said in my match reports since he made his debut. I am profoundly sorry for the confusion and for those who may have been offended.”