Man Utd Star To Sue Over Look-A-Like Nazi Doll
A Chinese toy manufacturer is being sued by Germany’s football captain Bastian Schweinsteiger after it produced a look-a-like doll dressed in a Nazi uniform. The Manchester United midfielder began legal proceedings after the doll named ‘Bastian’ appeared on sale through Hong Kong based Dragon in Dreams.
A spokesman for the 31-year-old, who won the World Cup with Germany in 2014, told reporters he was taking legal action as German media angrily reacted at what they have perceived to be a depiction of the player as a Nazi.
Stern magazine said “Scandal doll Bastian. That is what it looks like,” next to a picture of the doll, while Munich’s TZ newspaper said “Filth”.
The resemblance to Schweinsteiger is striking, although a spokesman for the company has insisted that it is purely coincidental. “We think that all Germans look like that. Bastian is also a very common name in Germany,” spokesman Patrick Chan told Bild.
Media lawyer Ulrich Amelung told Bild that the doll was “a clear violation of Schweinsteiger’s personality rights” and “constituted a gross defamation and insult”.
Users on the action figure community website One Sixth Warriors appeared to react more positively to the doll.
User Mailalan said: “I like everything about this one. This one has lots of nicely done small details. I really like it. I agree that it is Bastian Schweinsteiger, the nose gives it away.”
Schweinsteiger is one of the most successful German footballers of his generation, having won the Champions League with Bayern Munich in 2013 as well as numerous domestic league and German Cup titles before joining Manchester United in the summer.