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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

Lukas Podolski may sue Breitbart over jet-ski picture

Former Germany forward threatening legal action after his image was used on ultra-conservative website alongside story about illegal immigration.

Former Germany forward Lukas Podolski, who plays for Japanese side Vissel Kobe, has been in touch with his lawyer. Alexander Hassenstein / Getty Images
Former Germany forward Lukas Podolski, who plays for Japanese side Vissel Kobe, has been in touch with his lawyer. Alexander Hassenstein / Getty Images

Lukas Podolski has received an apology from ultra-conservative news website Breitbart, who used an image of the former Germany international alongside a story about illegal immigration, with the striker threatening legal action.

The website originally published an article entitled "Spanish Police Crack Gang Moving Migrants on Jet-Skis" with a picture of the former Arsenal star on a jet-ski before it was swiftly changed.

The picture showed Podolski on a jet ski which was taken at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil where the German team were enjoying a day off.

Podolski, 32, who now plays for Japanese side Vissel Kobe and made his final international appearance in March, has been in touch with his lawyer.

Podolski is popular in Japan

"It's a mess. Lukas distances himself from it and won't let himself be exploited," Podolski's manager Nassim Touihri told German daily Bild. "Our lawyer is already involved."

The wrongly-used picture was shared widely on social media before the website amended the article.

"A previous version of this story included an image of Lukas Podolski on a jet ski," an Editor's Note read. "This image appeared as an illustration of a person on a jet-ski.

"Breitbart London wishes to apologise to Mr Podolski.

"There is no evidence Mr Podolski is either a migrant gang member, nor being human trafficked.

"We wish Mr Podolski well in his recently announced international retirement."

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