Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta has apologised after posting a photograph of himself together with two different people in blackface as part of Epiphany parties in Spain.
The image shows Iniesta, 34, his wife, among his kids and also a group wearing costumes associated with Three Kings Day.
Two of the band are painted black – that the use of Balthazar in Spain is frequently played by a white man in blackface.
A statement said Iniesta did not want to”bother” anyone with the photograph.
On Tuesday night, the photo hadn’t been removed from the Vissel Kobe player’s social networking.
“[Iniesta] apologises to all people people who may have been offended,” the announcement, released by Iniesta’s agents, added.