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Real Madrid midfielder and Uruguay U20 star, Federico Valverde has denied making a racist gesture during a goal celebration at the Under-20 World Cup in South Korea in their quarter-final victory over Portugal.

Photo credit: Daily Mail

Photo credit: Daily Mail

The Uruguayan who scored an equalizer and a goal in the penalty shootout that ensued pulled his eyes back to make them into slits.

“It is not a racist celebration. It was a private celebration for friends,” he later tweeted in Korean.

“I did not have any racist intent. I’d like to apologise.”

Uruguay’s next game will be against Venezuela in the semi-finals of the competition.

Written by Chineze Ogugua

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