Bastian Schweinsteiger to sue toy company over Nazi doll called ‘Bastian’ – Telegraph.co.uk
German newspaper Bild have condemned the toy, with a headline covering the story reading: “Our football hero Bastian Schweinsteiger as a Nazi soldier!”
Bild contacted a representative of the company behind the Bastian range of toys, who dismissed the suggestion the model was based on the Germany captain.
“We offer no figures based on the football. The resemblance is purely coincidental,” insisted company spokesman, Patrick Chan.
“The figure is based on a typical German. We believe most Germans look like this. Bastian is a common name in Germany,” he added.
Bastian Schweinsteiger’s representatives have so far declined to comment on any action they plan to take, but sources from within Bild insist Schweinsteiger has begun legal proceedings.
Media lawyer Ulrich Amelung spoke told German newspaper Bild on whether Schweinsteiger had any grounds to sue the toy company over the range of dolls.
“This is a clear violation of the rights of Schweinsteiger.
“The portrayal of him wearing a swastika uniform is a clear case of defamation and insult.”