Mexican politician launches racial tirade against Ronaldinho, calls Brazilian an ape

September 15, 2014 3:40 PM

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A Mexican politician has come under extreme scrutiny after calling former FIFA Player of the Year Ronaldinho an ape.

Ronaldinho moved to Mexico to join Queretaro after leading Atletico to their first Copa Libertadores title triumph last year.

His move had widely been greeted with excitement across the country but, sadly, not in all quarters with a member of the conservative National Action Party, Carlos Manuel Trevino Nunez, launching a racial tirade at the former Barcelona midfielder on Facebook.

"I try to be tolerant but I hate football and the dumbing down phenomenon it causes," he wrote.

"I hate it even more because people obstruct and flood the street, and it took me two hours to get home, and this was all for an ape; Brazilian but an ape nonetheless.

Queretaro in response issued a statement calling for the politician to be punished.

"After the shameful publication on social media by Mr Carlos Manuel Trevino Nunez insulting our player Ronaldo de Assis Moreira 'Ronaldinho,' we call on the authorities to look into the matter," it said.

When Ronaldinho was unveiled as a Queretaro player he made clear that his intentions were right in line with his reputation when it came to women and success.

The 34 year old was very blunt about his aims at his first press conference.

"I've always lived in the same way and with every team I've been a champion. I hope to keep doing the same and continue winning titles and girls," he told Mundo Deportivo.


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