Tottenham midfielder apologises to captain Son Heung-min for racial slur

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Tottenham midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur has apologized to captain Son Heung-min for using a racial slur on Uruguayan television, describing it as a “very bad joke.”

Bentancur made the comment while appearing on the Canal 10 show “Por La Camiseta,” when host Rafa Cotelo asked him for a Spurs player’s shirt.

The Uruguay international replied: “Sonny’s? It could be Sonny’s cousin too as they all look the same.”

After backlash to the clip, which was circulated on social media, he apologised to the South Korea international on Instagram.

“Sonny brother,” he wrote. “I apologise to you for what happened, it was just a very bad joke.

“You know I love you and I would never disrespect you or hurt you or anyone else! I love you, brother!”

Son has yet to publicly respond to the apology.

The two players have been teammates since Bentancur joined Tottenham from Juventus in January 2022.

Bentancur is currently preparing to represent Uruguay at this summer’s Copa America in the United States, which begins on June 20.