Andres Iniesta Under Fire For Posting Blackface Photo

January 9, 2019 –¬†Spanish soccer legend Andres Iniesta has sparked controversy on social media after posting a photo of himself with two people in blackface as part of a Three Kings Day celebration in Spain.

The 34-year-old football superstar, currently a midfielder for Japan’s Vissel Kobe, has offered an apology following angry responses from many followers who urged him to take down the photo and accused him of “ignorance” and “racism.”

Iniesta’s Twitter and Instagram posts on Sunday have an image showing his family and a group of people dressed in costumes. It was meant to celebrate the visit by the Three Wise Men to a stable in Bethlehem at the birth of Jesus — a Christian feast in Spain on the eve of which parades are held in towns across the country.

The three represent Europe, Asia and Africa respectively and at least one of them is commonly portrayed as black.

“At no time, Andres Iniesta wanted to bother anyone with that photograph, which is the image of the illusion in Spain and apologizes to those people who may have been offended,” the agency representing Iniesta said in a statement, according to the Associated Press. Despite the apology, the picture has yet to be deleted.

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