AN IMAGE has emerged of Ezequiel Lavezzi making what appears to be a ‘racist’ gesture and it has led to outrage on social media.
The Argentine was this week confirmed as the highest-paid player in football, earning a staggering £798,000-a-week.
However, he has faced a huge backlash on Twitter after a picture appeared of him, smiling and making a gesture with his hands which is considered hugely offensive towards people of China.
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One Twitter user said: “Shame on you Lavezzi”.
Another comment read: “WTF? This is so racist!”.
And someone else said: “I am a Chinese, I just want to say to Lavezzi get out of my country.”
Another comment on Twitter read: “This is so freaking insulting!”.
The Sun has contacted Lavezzi’s agent for comment.
A spokesman from Kick if Out told The Sun: “Only Ezequiel Lavezzi and the photographer will know what they were doing or trying to achieve in taking this photograph.
“It was poor judgement to take part in a photo which is offensive to many and discriminatory. Greater thought should have been given to considering the consequences of such actions.”
Lavezzi joined Hebei Fortune from Paris Saint-Germain last year.
The image is available to purchase from Getty Images on their website and was taken in Marbella in February.