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Japanese star face racism, considering back to Real Madrid at the end of the season

Japanese star face racism, considering back to Real Madrid at the end of the season

The Japanese star Takefusa Kubo was racialized by a member of the Mallorca club coaching team in the 23rd round of La Liga on February 10.

The situation occurred in the match between Espanyol vs Mallorca. After Salva Sevilla was injured and unable to continue playing, coach Vicente Moreno decided to replace the No.8 player by Takefusa Kubo.

When the substitution decision was made, Kubo was warming up in the corner of the field. Instead of calling the Japanese player, fitness trainer Dani Pastor used his hands to pull his eyes to bring Kubo back.

Japanese star face racism, considering back to Real Madrid at the end of the season

The act of pulling fingers across the eyes implies mocking the single eyelids of people in some Asian countries. Before that, many European stars came to play football in China, South Korea had to pay a heavy price for similar actions with native players.

"For whatever reason, Real Madrid should speak out to protect Kubo from this type of action", a pressing fan.

Sharing the same opinion, another fan said: "It is impossible to believe that a professional league like La Liga would let this situation happen".

Takefusa Kubo entered the field after 65 minutes but could not help Mallorca to gain any point. Mallorca lost 0-1 to host Espanyol, thereby dropping to 18th in La Liga standing.

Kubo is playing for Mallorca on loan from Real Madrid. The young Japanese star has played 20 times in La Liga this season, including 10 times starting from the beginning, contributing 1 goal and 1 assist. However, the Japanese wonderkid may consider leaving Mallorca at the end of the season to come back to Real Madrid.

Japanese star face racism, considering back to Real Madrid at the end of the season

Kubo joined Real Madrid on a five-year deal on 14 June 2019. Despite playing several matches with the first team during the preseason tour in the USA and Germany, Kubo was loaned to Mallorca on a season-long loan.