The right-wing populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) party found itself under fire Sunday after a leading member made racist remarks about the national football team's defender Jerome Boateng, forcing its leader to issue an apology.

The uproar was started by AfD's deputy chief Alexander Gauland, who told the Sunday newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS) that Germans would not like to live next door to Boateng, who has a Ghanaian father and was born and brought up in Berlin.

"People find him good as a footballer, but they don't want to have a Boateng as a neighbour," Gauland said.

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