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German rightwing party in row over Jerome Boateng ‘neighbour’ comments

Anti-immigration Alternative für Deutschland says most people would not want German footballer living next door

A leading member of Germany’s main nationalist party has been criticised for saying many people would not want the international footballer Jerome Boateng as a neighbour, in an apparent reference to the player’s ethnicity.

Alexander Gauland, the deputy leader of the anti-immigration party Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), was quoted on Sunday as telling the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper: “People find him good as a footballer. But they don’t want to have a Boateng as their neighbour.”

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