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German soccer star sues over Nazi doll lookalike

Hong Kong firm produces Nazi figurine named ‘Bastian’ with striking resemblance to Bastian Schweinsteiger, captain of German national team

Illustrative photo of a man browsing the website of DiD, a company that produced a Nazi-uniform-clad figurine with a face similar to Bastian Schweinsteiger, in Hong Kong on October 23, 2015. (AFP/Philippe Lopez)
Illustrative photo of a man browsing the website of DiD, a company that produced a Nazi-uniform-clad figurine with a face similar to Bastian Schweinsteiger, in Hong Kong on October 23, 2015. (AFP/Philippe Lopez)

Bastian Schweinsteiger, the German national soccer captain, is taking legal action against a Hong Kong-based company for making Nazi figurines that bear a clear resemblance to him.

A member of Schweinsteiger’s management team confirmed the legal action to SID, the sports subsidiary of AFP on Thursday, after a report in the Bild newspaper.

The company DiD has produced a Nazi-uniform-clad figurine with a face similar to Schweinsteiger’s and which is named “Bastian.”

Contacted by Bild, a company employee Patrick Chan denied selling any figurines based on a footballer, and said it was purely coincidental that the Nazi doll resembled Schweinsteiger.

Manchester United's German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger takes part in a training session their Carrington facility in Manchester, north west England on October 20, 2015 ahead of their Champions League football match against CSKA Moscow on October 21. (AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS)
Manchester United’s German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger takes part in a training session in Manchester, England, on October 20, 2015. (AFP/ Paul Ellis)

The 30-centimeter tall figurine was “based on the typical German”, he said. “We thought that all Germans look like that.”

The figurine, marketed as “WWII Army Supply Duty”, comes with several apparels — including a version with a steel helmet, white winter jacket and woollen gloves. Another outfit features a typical army uniform, complete with the “Wehrmachtsadler” insignia — an eagle with a swastika above the right breast pocket.

Schweinsteiger was named captain of the German team last year after Philipp Lahm’s international retirement.

The Manchester United midfielder was a key member of the squad that won the World Cup in 2014.

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