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Ezequiel Lavezzi slammed on Twitter after photo of him emerges of him making an alleged ‘racist’ gesture during Chinese Super League photo session

Argentine striker joined Hebei Fortune last year after moving from Paris Saint-Germain and is world's best-paid player

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.

This image of Ezequiel Lavezzi from February has caused outrage on Twitter

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This image of Ezequiel Lavezzi from February has caused outrage on Twitter

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!”.

Ezequiel Lavezzi in action for Hebei Fortune in the Chinese Super League

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Ezequiel Lavezzi in action for Hebei Fortune in the Chinese Super League

The Argentine moved to China from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016

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The Argentine moved to China from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016

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.

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