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If you didn't catch the story yesterday, Chile midfielder Diego Valdes was spotted producing a racist gesture just 24 hours before his side's game with South Korea.
Valdes was pictured doing a 'slant-eyed gesture' when posing for a picture with a fan, something that was understandably met with controversy.
The fan joined 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.
@FIFAcom Chilean midfielder Diego Valdes made a 'racist' gesture when taking picture with a South Korean fan. (Sportal Korea) https://t.co/VSQEmDQdwc pic.twitter.com/0JmyZ2i6hP
- 너진짜나쁜아이구나 (@1MZyr9y5RqOvuFF) September 10, 2018
With the incident still causing controversy on social media during the game, Spurs forward Son Heung-Min decided to do his talking on the pitch.
The 26-year-old pulled off this outrageous piece of skill in the opening minutes of the game.
Basically, Valdes was nutmegged in the first two minutes and the rest just speaks for itself, really.
Chile midfielder Diego Valdes made a racist gesture before their match against South Korea, then Son did this to him two minutes into the match :skull: pic.twitter.com/7wygwvCLrS
- Dylan Walsh (@dylanwalsh_) September 11, 2018
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
Diego Valdes later apologised for his actions, releasing the following statement, while Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda refused to comment saying:
"This is a press conference to talk about soccer. I am not here to talk about things not related to soccer."
Diego Valdes issues this apology on Instagram. pic.twitter.com/FoSS11w9KU- Matias Grez (@matias_grez) September 10, 2018
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