“It is the same gesture they have been making since the South American Championships in Ecuador,” Aldo Gioia, a member of the Uruguayan delegation in South Korea, said in an interview.
“They are making a big deal out of something that really shouldn’t be and we have to answer them. We thought that with Valverde’s explanation and apology this would be over but now we have this.”
Argentinean footballer Ezequiel Lavezzi, who plays for Hebei CFFC making more than $1 million a week, apologized in May after pulling a similar gesture during a promotional campaign for the Chinese Super League.
Also last week, the Serbian women’s volleyball team celebrated winning a spot in the 2018 FIVB Women’s World Championship in Japan by doing the “slant-eye” pose for a group photo after defeating Poland in a qualifier match.
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