Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ruud Van Nistelrooy sparks racism row .......

Retired Dutch footballer Ruud Van Nistelrooy has been accused of racism after visiting a hospital dressed as a King with a 'blacked-up' face.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid striker, who was taking part in the Parade of the Three Kings in Marbella, Spain, dressed up as Middle Eastern king Balthazar. Wearing black face make-up, a jewelled head dress and a robe with a leopard print trim, the Dutchman entertained the crowds at the weekend.

Along with the two other 'Kings', Van Nistelrooy visited a hospital where he gave gifts to staff and handed out sweets to children. He posted several photos of his costume on Twitter writing: 'In hospital with presents for the young and old.'

Although the costume appears controversial, Balthazar is traditionally portrayed as a black man in historical texts.

Seriously ? ........ This is a news story ? ..... What's next ..... 'Coal-miner accused of being racist after secret photos taken in the 40's appear online' ?

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