Schweinsteiger could sue company over Nazi doll that looks like him
A manufacturer of high-quality action figures in Hong Kong is on the verge of a legal battle with Bastian Schweinsteiger after producing a Nazi figurine with characteristics similar to the German midfielder.
Schweinsteiger is currently considering whether to take legal action against the Dragon in Dream (DiD) Corporation.
The company's World War II soldier doll is named "Bastian."
DiD told German media outlet Bild that any similarities between the figurine and the Manchester United midfielder are a "coincidence."
"We don't sell any figures which resemble footballers. It is a complete coincidence that the figure 'Bastian' looks like Schweinsteiger," a spokesman for the company said, as translated by BBC.
"We thought that all Germans look like that. Bastian is also a very common name in Germany."
A German media lawyer told Bild the doll represents a violation of Schweinsteiger's personality rights.
"Everyone has rights to their own image. To see him as a swastika-bearing Wehrmacht soldier also constitutes a gross defamation and insult," Ulrich Amelung said.
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