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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.
Chilean midfielder Diego Valdes made a 'racist' gesture when taking picture with a South Korean fan. (Sportal Korea) pic.twitter.com/uUfrVgbskh- Korea Football News (@KORFootballNews) September 10, 2018
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.
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.
Maradona not so cool now. Some South Korea fans just shouted "Diego" and he obliged with a smile, kiss and wave. Then pulled his eyes to the side in a clearly racist gesture. All of us who saw it are stunned.- Jacqui Oatley (@JacquiOatley) June 16, 2018
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.
Por este gesto, Edwin Cardona puede ser sancionado de oficio por la FIFA. pic.twitter.com/SvHvkC1oho- Alejandro Etcheverry (@UruAlejandro) November 10, 2017
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.
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