Iker Casillas has received plenty of backlash on social media after appearing to make a racist joke to South Korean teammate Suk Hyun-jun on Instagram.
After Suk posted a photo on the social media site, Casillas told his Porto teammate to “open your eyes!”
The 24-year-old striker didn’t take offence but that didn’t prevent Casillas from receiving criticism for his “insensitive” remark.
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Some have defended the former Real Madrid goalkeeper, dismissing the comment as a joke between friends.
Yet there’s no doubting that Casillas should have been more careful with his choice of words. Regardless of if he was joking or not, he’s upset a lot of people.
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Casillas vs De Gea
Casillas faces stiff competition from Manchester United’s David de Gea to start for Spain at the upcoming European Championship in France. It’s looking increasing likely that the 35-year-old, who is the most capped player in Spain’s history, will finally be usurped as La Roja’s number one.
According to the Daily Mail, the two-time European Championship winning captain has accepted a role as Spain’s backup goalkeeper, with Vicente del Bosque’s comments in January seemingly confirming this.
“Casillas wants to be at Euro 2016, albeit as a substitute,” Del Bosque said in a television interview, per the Mail. “It's the gesture of an athlete who has won everything.”
The Madrid legend has never been one to kick up a fuss, even remaining dignified in his unceremonious exit from the Bernabeu, and he’s pleased that Spain have three goalkeepers, including Sevilla’s Sergio Rico, who can all perform well between the sticks.
"I'm 35 and [De Gea] is 25," Casillas told a Spanish radio station in March, per ESPN FC. “He has the world in front of him and he has longer to go than I do. He has things that I don't have, and vice versa. It is a luxury to have goalkeepers like De Gea.
"Other national teams do not have this competition. We are in good hands here with Spain. There is Sergio Rico, Adrian... We are relaxed. Buffon does not have such competition with Italy, but in Spain it is different."
Not only is Del Bosque’s side looking to bounce back from a dismal World Cup, but they are hoping to complete a hat-trick of European titles. The bookmakers have them as third favourites behind hosts France and world champions Germany but you’d be remiss to discard a team that combines experience in Casillas, Andres Iniesta and Sergio Ramos with young talents such as Koke, Alvaro Morata and Hector Bellerin.
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