Spanish newspaper ABC has issued an apology to Barcelona star Ansu Fati after their match report of Barcelona's 5-1 win over Ferencvaros on Tuesday compared his pace to that of a "black street vendor fleeing the police".

The author, Salvador Sostres, issued a public apology on the ABC website on Thursday morning. But local media reports suggest Barcelona are going to take legal action over the matter.

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“My intention was to praise the beauty of Ansu's movement and his talent as a very young player," he wrote.

"Some expressions were understood as racist insults. Nothing was further from my intention, nor the very favourable opinion of the player that I have expressed in all the match reports I have written since his debut.”

"I deeply lament the misunderstanding and I ask forgiveness if anyone has felt offended."

The original article by ABC was criticised by Fati’s teammate, Antoine Griezmann.

Additional reporting from Reuters.

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