Uruguay’s Federico Valverde denies racist claims after controversial celebration

Playing for Uruguay in U-20 World Cup against Portugal on Sunday, Federico Valverde scored an equaliser that led to his side's eventual victory through a penalty shootout. He however celebrated in the 50th minute by pulling his eye lids back,

By: Express Web Desk | Published:June 6, 2017 12:41 pm
Federico Valverde, valverde, real madrid, uruguay, portugal, Ezequiel Lavezzi, football, sports news, indian express Federico Valverde,celebrated for Uruguay by pulling his eye lids back. (Source: Twitter)

Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde, who celebrated for Uruguay by pulling his eye lids back, denied that his celebration was racist.

Playing for Uruguay in U-20 World Cup against Portugal on Sunday, Valverde scored an equaliser that led to his side’s eventual victory through a penalty shootout.

His celebration in the 50th minute however caused a controversy which Valverde later claimed was not racist but a private celebration for friends. He apologised for the same in a tweet in Korean that said, “It is not a racist celebration. It was a private celebration for friends. I did not have any racist intent. I’d like to apologise.”

The 18-year-old celebrated after scoring the 2-2 equaliser and leading his team through to the quarterfinals.

This comes in after less than a month of Ezequiel Lavezzi joining the Chinese Super League and uploading pictures on his social media accounts with the same gesture, pulling his eye lids back.

“Per the request of the Chinese Super League, we took the official photos for the season,” he had said in a statement. “We were given instructions by the official photographer and I was trying to make some interesting photos by making some funny faces, which would be used afterwards for entertainment purposes.”

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