Salvador Sostres debates with someone off-camera

The journalist, Salvador Sostres, vaguely made an apology on the ABC website on Thursday morning for his seemingly racist remarks about Barcelona’s 17-year-old, Anssumane “Ansu” Fati Vieira, per CNN report.

A Victory Tarnished by a Match Report 

Sostres wrote of Barcelona’s 5-1 Champions League win over Ferencvaros on Tuesday, SkySports reported.

The author wrote that “Ansu when running has something of a gazelle,” per Al Jazeera.

Sostres added, or a teenage “black street vendor” fleeing from the cops through the Catalan city’s streets.

The words, later on, resulted in a flurry of anger on social media. 

Moreover, many readers have renewed concerns over the racial profiling of Black football players.

Despite the description, the ABC journalist denied that he intentionally racial profiled the Guinea-Bissau-born Spain winger, Ansu Fati.

Ansu Fati in the playing field with Salvador Sostres

Team Mate’s Reaction 

Antoine Griezmann, Barcelona’s forward, like most readers, met the match report with condemnation, per the Guardian.

The 29-year-old Griezmann posted on Twitter that “Ansu is an exceptional boy” and just “like any other human being,” he is worthy of “respect.”

He added that “racism and bad manners” are unacceptable.

Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, Joins Criticism

The left-wing mayor of Barcelona gave her two cents on the matter involving the ABC author and Barcelona’s top scorer this season.

Colau stated that “this kind of thing” is not true because the crooks are the “police,” per the Guardian.

The street vendors, therefore, “no longer” have to flee, Colau said.

Furthermore, “without tourists,” she described “business” is somewhat “weak.”

Salvador Sostres’ Seemingly Half-Way Apology 

The Spanish national daily newspaper, ABC, published Sostres’ apology on Thursday, BBC reported.

Sostres wrote that he intends “to praise” the beauty in Barca’s top scorer “movement” as well as “his talent.”

Readers mistook “some expressions” for “racist insults,” Sostres wrote.

In all the match reports, I have “expressed” and wrote nothing but “favorable opinion” of Fati “since his debut.” 

He added that he “deeply” regrets the“misunderstanding.”

Also, he asks “forgiveness” to those he “offended.”

Listen to Sam Horn

When it comes to making apologies, one must remember these three things from Tongue Fu! author, Sam Horn

Agree that you made a mistake.

Apologize. No explanations as they sound like excuses.

Act. Make amends.

The journalist, Salvador Sostres, vaguely made an apology on the ABC website on Thursday morning for his seemingly racist remarks about Barcelona’s 17-year-old, Anssumane “Ansu” Fati Vieira, per CNN report.

A Victory Tarnished by a Match Report 

Sostres wrote of Barcelona’s 5-1 Champions League win over Ferencvaros on Tuesday, SkySports reported.

The author wrote that “Ansu when running has something of a gazelle,” per Al Jazeera.

Sostres added, or a teenage “black street vendor” fleeing from the cops through the Catalan city’s streets.

The words, later on, resulted in a flurry of anger on social media. 

Moreover, many readers have renewed concerns over the racial profiling of Black football players.

Despite the description, the ABC journalist denied that he intentionally racial profiled the Guinea-Bissau-born Spain winger, Ansu Fati.

Team Mate’s Reaction 

Antoine Griezmann, Barcelona’s forward, like most readers, met the match report with condemnation, per the Guardian.

The 29-year-old Griezmann posted on Twitter that “Ansu is an exceptional boy” and just “like any other human being,” he is worthy of “respect.”

He added that “racism and bad manners” are unacceptable.

Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau, Joins Criticism

The left-wing mayor of Barcelona gave her two cents on the matter involving the ABC author and Barcelona’s top scorer this season.

Colau stated that “this kind of thing” is not true because the crooks are the “police,” per the Guardian.

The street vendors, therefore, “no longer” have to flee, Colau said.

Furthermore, “without tourists,” she described “business” is somewhat “weak.”

Salvador Sostres’ Seemingly Half-Way Apology 

The Spanish national daily newspaper, ABC, published Sostres’ apology on Thursday, BBC reported.

Sostres wrote that he intends “to praise” the beauty in Barca’s top scorer “movement” as well as “his talent.”

Readers mistook “some expressions” for “racist insults,” Sostres wrote.

In all the match reports, I have “expressed” and wrote nothing but “favorable opinion” of Fati “since his debut.” 

He added that he “deeply” regrets the“misunderstanding.”

Also, he asks “forgiveness” to those he “offended.”

Listen to Sam Horn

When it comes to making apologies, one must remember these three things from Tongue Fu! author, Sam Horn

Agree that you made a mistake.

Apologize. No explanations as they sound like excuses.

Act. Make amends.

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