Andres Iniesta has apologised after being caught up in a race row after posing alongside two ‘blacked up’ characters.
The Spain and Barcelona legend (now plying his trade with Vissel Kobe in Japan) shared an image on his social media pages showing him posing with his family celebrating Feliz dias de Reyes – a festive Christian tradition in Spain.
Iniesta’s post was meant to celebrate the arrival of the Three Kings Balthazar, Mechior and Gaspar to the birth of Jesus to a stable in Bethlehem.
However, it caused outrage online as two of the characters had darkened their skin colours to correctly portray two of the kings as black.
A team of advisers representing the 34-year-old have now released a statement online, claiming the post was not designed to offend any of his followers.
Reported by Goal, it read: “On January 6, Andres Iniesta’s family received the visit of the Three Kings at his house and decided to photograph himself to share this image with his fans on the player’s social networks.