Germany's anti-immigrant political party Alternative für Deutschland (AFD) has released an apology after it's deputy leader spewed a racial insult toward Jerome Boateng in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS).
In the interview, Alexander Gauland said “people like him as a football player. But they don’t want to have a Boateng as their neighbor.” Gauland used Boateng as his example due to his German mother and Ghanaian father.
Bayern Munich were quick to respond to the interview, with club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge releasing the following statement.
"Discrimination of any kind has no place in sport or in our society and deserves the red card. Jerome Boateng is a wonderful human being and an example to follow as a professional football player at this club. We are proud that he also plays for the German national team."
Quickly, the rest of Germany united behind Boateng.
DFB President Reinhard Grindel called the insult “simply tasteless”. Julia Klöckner, a member of Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Party, tweeted: "Better Boateng than Gauland as a neighbour. Typical AfD pattern: abuse, provoke – then try to relativise."