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Chile’s Diego Valdes apologises for racist gesture


Chile international Diego Valdes has apologised for his actions in South Korea

The 24-year-old midfielder appeared to make a derogatory gesture with his eyes posing with a South Korean supporter for a photograph on Monday.

The picture has since been widely circulated by South Korean media.

“In relation to the photograph that has appeared on social media, it was never my intention to offend and I offer my apologies to anyone that could have been offended,” Valdes wrote on social media.

Chile coach Reinaldo Rueda refused to make a comment on the controversy before yesterday’s goalless draw with South Korea.

“This is a press conference to talk about soccer,” Rueda said.

“I am not here to talk about things not related to soccer.”

Valdes, who plays for Mexican club Monarcas Morelia, featured for Chile last night but was unable to have much of an impact on the game itself.

Colombia’s Edwin Cardona made a similar gesture in November 2017 to South Korea captain Ki Sung-Yueng and was banned by FIFA for five games.