The German soccer team poses for a team photo, after a training session in Ascona, Southern Switzerland, Thursday, June 2, 2016. (Samuel Golay/Keystone,Ti-Press via AP)
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A German right-wing populist politician who caused outrage by racially disparaging footballer Jerome Boateng followed up Friday by saying the national team is "no longer ... German in the classical sense".Neighbouring France has also become embroiled in a Euro 2016-related racism controversy after striker Karim Benzema claimed he was left out of the squad following "pressure from a racist part of France".France legend Eric Cantona questioned the motives for excluding Benzema and fellow forward Hatem Ben Arfa, who is of Tunisian extraction, but leading political and sporting figures have denied racism was the reason for their non-inclusion.Gauland, a hardline deputy leader of the AfD, has come under fire in recent days for saying most Germans would not want Boateng, whose father is Ghanaian, as their neighbour -- a comment Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman condemned as "vile and sad".
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