Tottenham star Son has last laugh as Chile deny racism

Date published: Wednesday 12th September 2018 9:32

Chile manager Reinaldo Rueda and midfielder Diego Valdes have denied claims of racism ahead of their game with South Korea.

South Korea and Chile played out a 0-0 draw on Tuesday, with the build-up to the game overshadowed by claims of alleged racism.

Valdes was pictured making a racist gesture before the game, but subsequently apologised ‘to anyone that could have been offended’. Which is alright then.

‘In relation to the photography that appears on social networks, it was never my intention to offend and I offer my apologies to anyone that could have been offended,’ he said on Instagram.

Chile manager Reinaldo Rueda also offered what CNN Sport journalist Matias Grez described a “really weak response” to the situation.

“Are we going to talk about football or things not related to football?” the head coach replied when asked about Valdes’ gesture.

Although South Korea were unable to beat Chile on the evening, Son exacted a measure of revenge with a sublime piece of skill at Valdes’ expense.

 


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