Alexander Gauland, deputy chief of the German right-wing Alternative fuer Deutschland (AfD) and his party have come under heavy criticism over racist comments about footballer Jerome Boateng.
Gauland told the Sunday newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung who headlined the news as “Gauland insults Boateng", and quoted the politician as saying: "People find him good as a footballer, but they don't want to have Boateng as a neighbour."
He said most Germans would not like to have Boateng, whose father is Ghanaian, as a neighbor in an interview which sparked a wide condemnation across the country
Boateng, 27, was born to a German mother in Germany just like his brother Kelvin Prince Boateng, and both to a Ghanaian father.
The leader of the AfD, Frauke Petry, apologised for the impression and Germany manager Oliver Bierhoff said people who made such comments "are simply discrediting themselves".
Vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel expressed his disgust at the comments when he said: "that Gauland is not just against foreigners but against the good things about Germany".
Gauland later denied the comments and said he never insulted Boateng whom he did not know. He added that he had only described some people's attitudes in a background conversation with the journalists.
Meanwhile, Frauke Petry who later apologized to Boateng tweeted: "Jerome Boateng is a super footballer who is rightly a member of the German national team. I'm looking forward to the European Championship."
Jerome Boateng opted to play for Germany who he played for even in youth tournaments whilst Kevin Prince Boateng switched allegiance to Ghana.