Breitbart uses photo of Lukas Podalski for trafficking story

Far-right website Breitbart has apologized after it used a photograph of German soccer star Lukas Podolski riding on the back of a jet-ski to illustrate a story on human trafficking. 

The article ran Aug. 18 — the same day Steve Bannon was ousted from the White House and reportedly returned to the helm of the site.

Podolski’s image appeared under the headline, “Spanish police crack gang moving migrants on jet-skis.”

Podolski was shown flashing a peace sign while riding on the back of a jet-ski. 

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Social media users were quick to point out the website’s gaffe. 

“Uh, Breitbart? That’s Lukas Podolski. German footballer. Won the World Cup in 2014,” one user wrote on Twitter. 

“This is the best thing I’ve seen this week. Breitbart using a picture of Lukas Podolski when talking about migrants,” wrote another.

Breitbart replaced the image and apologized to the internationally-known soccer player for its mistake.  

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“Editor’s Note: 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.”

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Podolski announced his retirement from international soccer in August of last year.

(Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

The photo of Podolski on the jet-ski showed him in Brazil after Germany had won the World Cup in 2014, not in the Strait of Gibraltar as reported by Breitbart, according to The Independent.

Podolski announced his retirement from Germany’s national team in August 2016.


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