Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is to sue a Chinese toymaker over a doll they have produced which bears a striking resemblance to him.
The doll, which is named Bastian, is dressed as a Nazi soldier, which is in more than a little bad taste.
What’s worse, the toys were due for sale in Europe (for a whopping £65) before those plans were postponed. Turns out there is such thing as bad publicity.
A representative from the company, Patrick Chan, was interviwed by Bild.
“We offer no figures based on the football. The resemblance is purely coincidental,” Chan said. “The figure is based on a typical German. We believe most Germans look like this. Bastian is a common name in Germany.” Indeed Patrick, but it’s the mix of face and name that clinches it.
Small point: Who on earth is buying Nazi dolls as toys?