A match report on Tuesday nights Champions League game between Barcelona and the Hungarian side Ferencvros in the Champions League has sparked outrage across the world.
In it the journalist Salvatore Sostres from the newspaper ABC described young Barcelona forward Ansu Fati, who scored their second goal and generally had a fine match as like a very young black street vendor fleeing from the police.
Fati is a Spanish international of black descent.
When the article appeared a storm of protest appeared on social media and Sostres has been forced to issue an apology on the website of the newspaper. He claimed he did not mean his comments as a racial slur but instead he was trying to express his admiration for Fatis speed of movement and character as a fine young player.
Nevertheless, Barcelona are considering legal action against both Sostres and the paper, whilst the mayor of the city, Ada Colau, has demanded a full retraction from the newspaper.
ABC is known in Spain for its support of right-wing parties and their policies.
Fatis teammate Antoine Griezmann responded by saying that Fati was an exceptional young boy and as deserving of respect as any other human being.
Ohers have said that Sostres comments were a reminder of old racial stereotypes from fifty years ago.
Fati was born in the African state of Guinea-Bissau but emigrate to Spain with his family when he six years old.
He joined the famous Barcelona La Masia academy when he was 10 and made his debut for the club last August as a 16-year old, never even having played a reserve game for them before.
The following month he was given Spanish citizenship and was immediately picked to play for their under-21 side.
Last month he made his debut for the Spanish national side when he appeared as a substitute in a Nations League match against Germany. He scored his first goal for his adopted country against the Ukraine three days later.