Thursday 18 January 2018

Manchester United star to sue over Nazi doll lookalike

Toy solder complete with swastika-emblazoned uniform bares incredible likeness to the German midfielder

Manufacturers have called any likeness 'purely coincidental'
Manufacturers have called any likeness 'purely coincidental'

Callum Davies

Bastian Schweinsteiger is suing a Chinese toy-maker for producing a Nazi doll called 'Bastian'.

The toys, which are due for European release this week, depict a Wermacht soldier, complete with Nazi insignia on the soldier's hat.

The Manchester United midfielder is understood to have contacted his lawyers regarding the dolls, which bare an undeniable likeness to the German international.

The manufacturers responsible for producing the dolls have defended the dolls, calling any perceived likeness 'purely coincidental'.

German newspaper Bild have condemned the toy with a headline for the story reading: "Our football hero Bastian Schweinsteiger as a Nazi soldier!"

Bild contacted a representative of the company behind the Bastian range of toys, who dismissed the suggestion the model was based on the Germany captain.

"We offer no figures based on the football. The resemblance is purely coincidental," insisted company spokesman, Patrick Chan.

"The figure is based on a typical German. We believe most Germans look like this. Bastian is a common name in Germany," he added.

Bastian Schweinsteiger's represntatives have so far declined to comment on any action they plan to take, but sources from within Bild insist Schweinsteiger has begun taking legal action.

Media lawyer Ulrich Amelung spoke told German newspaper Bild on whether Schweinsteiger had any grounds to sue the toy company over the range of dolls.

"This is a clear violation of the rights of Schweinsteiger.

"The portrayal of him wearing a swastika uniform is a clear case of defamation and insult."

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