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Mourinho Gift To African Star 'Marred By Racist Remark'

As Jose Mourinho presented his latest African star with an expensive new pair of designer shoes, someone in the background of the viral video reportedly made a racist remark to the 18-year-old Ghanaian striker.

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After Felix Afena-Gyan scored twice in Roma's 2-0 Serie A win over Genoa on Sunday night, Mourinho revealed in a post-match interview that he had promised he would buy the young forward shoes he desperately wanted.

On Monday, a heart-warming video of the Portuguese tactician presenting Afena-Gyan with the expensive Balenciaga shoes went viral on social media, although the touching moment has been overshadowed by a racist remark made by somebody in the room.

According to the Irish Times, a man off-camera can be heard saying, in Italian, that "there are bananas" inside as the player unpacked the box gifted to him.

It is further claimed by the publication that neither Mourinho nor the young Roma striker reacted to the comment.

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However, Afena-Gyan later played down the controversial remark on social media, according to the Daily Mirror

"I have been reading a lot of comments about the video I published earlier today of a special moment for me with the coach. I want to assure you all that I was not offended by the background comment made in the video in any way and that I truly believe there was no racist intent," he said. 

"Since the first day I arrived at the club, I have been welcomed into the family by everyone, who have joked with me like they do all members of the family. Because they see that I eat bananas a lot that has become a thing we laugh about sometimes – and I believe the comment was another example of that."

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