A video has emerged of Germany and the Bayern Munich captain, Manuel Neuer, singing a Croatian song which has right-wing nationalist links while on holiday.
In the filming, Neuer can be seen in a group at a beach-side bar singing “Lijepa li si” (You are beautiful) by controversial Croatian singer Marko Perkovic, known as “Thompson.”
Perkovic, who is known for his sympathies for Croatia’s World War II pro-Nazi regime, earned the nickname “Thompson” for the brand of weapon he carried during the Croatian war of independence in the early 1990s.
Neuer, who has led the German national soccer team since 2016, is holidaying with his friend and Bayern Munich goalkeeping coach Toni Tapalovic, 39, on the Dalmatian coast on the Adriatic Sea.
Neuer has not yet commented on the video, but his personal manager told German daily Bild the player does not speak Croatian.
A press officer from Bayern Munich declined to comment when contacted by AFP. Neuer’s managers were not immediately available for comment.
Magazine Focus (German Magazine) says the 34-year-old was ‘naive’ to think it wouldn’t attract attention
At the same time, “assuming that with this song Neuer supports Croatian nationalist ideas would be a little too far-reaching,” it said.
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By Times of Israel