Iniesta apologizes for a photo with a Balthasar painted black

The Explayer of Barcelona, Andrés Iniesta, has been forced to apologize after publishing a photograph for which he received criticisms and accusations of racism in his social networks. In the picture, which was hanged by the footballer in his Instagram account on the occasion of the day of Kings, he is seen with the magicians of the Orient. Baltasar is represented by someone with a face painted in black and is accompanied by a page also made up.

The midfielder, who at his 34 years playing at the Vissel Kobe in Japan, has assured that his intention was not to "disturb anyone posting that photo." "I would like to apologize to all those who have felt offended," said the athlete, in a statement sent to the AFP.

Iniesta published on Sunday in his social networks a family photo with a group of people representing the three kings and their pages coinciding with the celebration of the Epiphany, the party that closes in Spain the Christmas period. The photograph provoked criticism of the fact that black people are represented by whites painted of that color, something very controversial especially in the Anglo-Saxon world.

In Spain, large parades run through towns and cities presided over by men disguised as the Magi. In some cases, Baltasar is a white man — usually a councilman — with black makeup. In 2016, the mayor of Madrid, Manuela Carmena, put an end to this custom in the Spanish capital, which now hires a black man to represent Baltasar in the parade, televised throughout the country.

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