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Chile Player Spotted Doing Racist Gesture Ahead Of South Korea Friendly

Chile Player Spotted Doing Racist Gesture Ahead Of South Korea Friendly

A Chile midfielder has landed himself in hot water after producing a racist gesture ahead of his side's game with South Korea.

The two sides are poised to meet in a friendly in Seoul but midfielder Diego Valdes may well be greeted with boos and jeers after doing a slant-eyed gesture when posing for a picture with a fan.

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The fan met several members of the La Roja squad, including former Cardiff City and Inter Milan midfielder Gary Medel. But as per Sportal Korea, he only realised what Valdes was doing in their photo once he looked at it afterwards.

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While his actions are disgraceful, unfortunately it's something that has become far too common in this day and age. Diego Maradona was accused of doing the very same gesture to South Korea fans during a World Cup game, with ITV presenter Jacqui Oatley tweeting about it.

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Moreover, in November last year, Colombian defender Edwin Cardona's shocking racist gesture to South Korea players during a game saw him hit with a five-game ban from FIFA.

After a bit of a skirmish between the two players occurred, the Monterrey player was caught on camera insulting several of the opposition players.

He took to Twitter to apologise for his actions but received a whole lot of criticism on social media. Midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng said what he did was "absolutely unacceptable.

Topics: Football News, Chile, South Korea, Football

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