RIGHT-WING NEWS website Breitbart has apologised for using a photo of a German footballer on a story about migrant gangs.
The story, provided by newswire AFP and carried on the site’s British homepage, was headlined “Spanish police crack gang moving migrants on jet-skis”.
The photo, however, showed Lukas Podolski on a jetski during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
After the mistake was pointed out across social media, the picture was changed and an apology added which read:
A previous version of this story included an image of Lukas Podolski on a jet ski. This image appeared as an illustration of a person on a jet ski. Breitbart London wishes to apologise to Mr Podolski. There is no evidence Mr Podolski is either a migrant gang member, nor being human trafficked. We wish Mr Podolski well in his recently announced international retirement.
Breitbart with an EPIC fail – that's Lukas Podolski, you know, the German footballer pic.twitter.com/DN3GiqGxYO
Podolski recently finished his Germany career with 49 goals in 130 games. Although his family did migrate from Poland to Germany when he was a child, he has not been running a migrant gang in recent weeks. Instead, he has been playing for Vissel Kobe in Japan’s J-1 League.