Ex-Greece Super League Manager Faces Boycott After Racist Comments


German Burgos, ex-Greece Super League manager and former assistant manager of Atletico Madrid, stirred controversy during a pre-match analysis on Movistar Plus, prompting players from Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) to boycott interviews.

Burgos, a former goalkeeper for Atletico, made a comment about Barcelona's Lamine Yamal while discussing footage of the player practicing before the Barcelona-PSG match. He remarked, "If it doesn't go well for him, he could end up at a traffic light," a statement perceived as racially insensitive by many.

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The comment quickly ignited condemnation online, with widespread labelling it as racist. In response, both Barcelona and PSG announced they would refuse to participate in post-match interviews with the channel until a public apology was issued.

Burgos publicly expressed regret, stating, "It was a comment made without the intention of hurting anyone. If anyone felt offended, I apologise publicly."

Presenter Ricardo Sierra acknowledged the clubs' stance, stating, "PSG and Barca have informed us they will not engage with us due to their deep displeasure with a comment made on our platform."

Despite the boycott, players and staff from both teams fulfilled their media obligations with other broadcasters covering the Champions League quarter-final.

Burgos, aged 54, previously worked alongside Diego Simeone at Atletico Madrid before venturing into coaching roles, including a stint in the Greece Super League.

(Source: Daily Mail UK)


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