Spanish newspaper, ABC, have sent an apology to Barcelona youngster Fati Ansu, following racist comments in one of their stories on Tuesday.
The newspaper carried a story after the Catalan side's Champions League win over Ferencvaros, in which the writer, Salvador Sostres, compared the youngster to a street vendor fleeing the police.
"Ansu when running has something of a gazelle, or a very young, black street seller running away from police".
The comments caused an uproar, with Antoinne Griezmann one the first to hit out at the newspaper.
“Ansu is an exceptional young man who deserves the same respect as any human being. No to racism and no to bad manners.” he wrote on his social media.
The newspaper on Thursday published an apology from the writer;
“My intention was to praise the beauty of Ansu’s movement and his talent as a very young player,” Sostres wrote.
“Some expressions were understood as racist insults. Nothing was further from my intention, nor the very favourable opinion of the player that I have expressed in all the match reports I have written since his debut. I deeply lament the misunderstanding and I ask forgiveness if anyone has felt offended.”
The 17-year-old Spain international was born in Guinea-Bissau, before moving to European nation aged six.
He has been at the Catalan club over the years and broke onto the scene last season.