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Bastian Schweinsteiger sues toy company over Nazi likening

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Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is suing a Chinese toy company after they released a doll of a World War 2 Nazi soldier that bears a striking resemblance to the German World Cup winner.

A Hong Kong-based company called DiD are behind the doll, which is also named Bastian. However, they insist the resemblance to the Red Devils star is "purely coincidental".

The company insisted they had based the doll on the usual features of a German person and that the name Bastian was very common in the nation.

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Bild were far from impressed, they led with the line: "OUR FOOTBALL HERO Bastian Schweinsteiger as a Nazi SOLDIER!"

However, DiD refuted the claims, telling the German publication: "We offer no figures based on the football. The resemblance is purely coincidental.

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"The figure is based on a typical German. We believe most Germans look like this. Bastian is a common name in Germany."

The doll is wearing the clothing of a Wehrmacht veteran, which includes a swastika-bearing eagle.

The former Bayern Munich player's lawyers are to take legal action over the dolls, which will be sold across Europe for £65 each.

Media lawyer Ulrich Amelung told Bild: "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."

It's likely the toy will never make it onto shelves across Europe given the midfielder's disapproval.

The uncanny likeness makes it hard to believe they had not modelled the toy on the United star, but for now we will have to take their word.

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