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La Liga rethinks stance over apparent racist gesture

Midway through the second half of the match between Espanyol and Mallorca earlier, the fitness coach of the Balearic island team — Dani Pastor — was caught on camera pulling his eyes back to allegedly signal to Japanese player Takefusa Kubo that he should be ready to come onto the pitch as a substitute for an injured teammate.La Liga came in for criticism after it said Pastor's actions was "simply a way to alert the player when he was warming up without any other intention.""We understand there was no intention to offend anyone with this gesture," La Liga said in a new statement sent to CNN. "We recognize that it can be offensive and apologize for that."We will seek to avoid repetition. La Liga always fights any kind of racist, violent or xenophobic behavior or any type of discrimination."READ: Football fans in Germany chant 'Nazis out' as racist fan is identified and ejectedREAD: Craig Ramage sacked by BBC after pundit criticizes Derby County's 'young black lads'Real Mallorca and Pastor have not replied to CNN's repeated requests for comment, both by phone and email.In its original statement sent to CNN last week, La Liga saiRead More – Source