Schweinsteiger sues over Nazi figurine lookalike

By AFP
Published: October 22, 2015
SHARES
Email
PHOTO: AFP

PHOTO: AFP

Bastian Schweinsteiger, the German national captain, is taking legal action against a Hong Kong-based company for making Nazi figurines that bear a clear resemblance to him.

A member of Schweinsteiger’s management team confirmed the legal action to SID, the sports subsidiary of AFP on Thursday, after a report in the Bild newspaper.

Germany football boss Loew donates prize to refugees

The company did produced a Nazi-uniform-clad figurine with a face similar to Schweinsteiger’s and which is named “Bastian”.

Contacted by Bild, a company employee Patrick Chan denied selling any figurines based on a footballer, and said it was purely coincidental that the Nazi doll resembled Schweinsteiger.

The 30-centimetre tall figurine was “based on the typical German”, he said. “We thought that all Germans look like that.”

Germany great Mueller suffering from Alzheimers: Bayern

The figurine, marketed as “WWII Army Supply Duty”, comes with several apparels — including a version with a steel helmet, white winter jacket and woollen gloves, and another in a typical army uniform, complete with the “Wehrmachtsadler” insignia — an eagle with a swastika above the right breast pocket.

Euro 2016 qualifiers: Germany go top, but want to improve for Scots

Schweinsteiger was named captain of the German team last year after Philipp Lahm’s international retirement.

The Manchester United midfielder was a key member of the squad that won the World Cup in 2014.

Facebook Conversations

More in Sports