German football team captain is taking legal action against Hong Kong-based newspaper
Bastian Schweinsteiger, the German national captain, is taking legal action against a Hong Kong-based company for making Nazi figurines that bear a clear resemblance to him.
A member of Schweinsteiger’s management team confirmed the legal action to SID, the sports subsidiary of AFP on Thursday, after a report in the Bild newspaper.
Chinese Company Make Nazi Doll That Looks Suspiciously Like Bastian Schweinsteiger (Photos) https://t.co/VAe66wHUrO pic.twitter.com/7Ky5mBei08
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The company did produced a Nazi-uniform-clad figurine with a face similar to Schweinsteiger’s and which is named “Bastian”.
Contacted by Bild, a company employee Patrick Chan denied selling any figurines based on a footballer, and said it was purely coincidental that the Nazi doll resembled Schweinsteiger.
Schweinsteiger is taking legal action after toymaker releases Nazi soldiers resembling him… named Bastian. pic.twitter.com/88RNm2ezwx
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The 30-centimetre tall figurine was “based on the typical German”, he said. “We thought that all Germans look like that.”
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The figurine, marketed as “WWII Army Supply Duty”, comes with several apparels — including a version with a steel helmet, white winter jacket and woollen gloves, and another in a typical army uniform, complete with the “Wehrmachtsadler” insignia — an eagle with a swastika above the right breast pocket.
Bastian Schweinsteiger suing toy company for selling dolls of him dressed as a Nazi soldier https://t.co/f9NJacAABv pic.twitter.com/U2ZhHRO3bf
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Schweinsteiger was named captain of the German team last year after Philipp Lahm’s international retirement.
The Manchester United midfielder was a key member of the squad that won the World Cup in 2014.