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Journalist Investigated For Alleged Racist Comments Made During Eduardo Camavinga’s Presentation When She Thought The Mic Was Off

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Journalist Investigated For Alleged Racist Comments Made During Eduardo Camavinga’s Presentation When She Thought The Mic Was Off

A Spanish journalist is under investigation for comments she made during the unveiling of new Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga.

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Lorena González, a regular analyst for Spanish broadcaster RTVE, was caught saying 'this guy is blacker than his suit' while she was off-camera on Wednesday's show.

RTVE have condemned González's comments, saying they 'showed a lack of respect and are inappropriate for inappropriate for a public television channel'. In the statement they also apologised to Camavinga and 'firmly' condemned the 'denigrating comments'.

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González has also apologised for her remarks, taking to social media to offer her 'sincerest apologies to anyone who felt offended'.

"My comment, which was made without malice or disrespect toward the player, was however unfortunate," she posted. "It was a comparison that I could have made about any person of any colour.

But I understand and feel that in this sensitive time we are going through, even though I also believe that things are becoming too radicalised and politicised, the media has an even bigger responsibility to help fight against racism and any form of unjust inequality."

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Camavinga arrived at The Bernabaéu on Deadline Day and is expected to play a key role in Carlo Ancelotti's midfield this season.

He made his name at French side Rennes, becoming the youngest player to ever represent the club.

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"He is a team player and an elegant player," France Under-19s head coach Landry Chauvin told BBC Sport. "He is not an individual or a soloist; he represents the collective.

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He plays with his head up. He is always focussed on the position of his team-mates. When he plays, he smiles.

When they make their professional debut, a lot of young players think they've arrived, so they complicate things. Eduardo is one of those who knew to stay simple, because he is so intelligent."

Camavinga and his Real Madrid teammates are back in action on Sunday night when they take on Celta Vigo in the Spanish capital.

Topics: Ligue 1, France, Real Madrid, La Liga

James Aldred
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