Reina advert pulled after race row

An advert broadcast in Spain featuring Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has been pulled following complaints it is homophobic and racist, according to the North Wales Daily Post. The makers of the film, Groupama, deny the accusation.

The advert is based around a pun on Reina’s surname, with translates to ‘queen’ in Spanish, and sees the Spanish international meeting a tribal chief. The chief then takes Reina as his partner.

Reina joined Liverpool from Villarreal in 2005, having come through the famed youth system at Barcelona. In his six-and-a-half-years at Anfield Reina has made 340 appearances, captaining the side on a number of occasions in the absence of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.

The 29-year-old, capped 24 times by Spain, was part of the squad for the national team’s 5-0 victory over Venezuela on Wednesday but did not play. Instead, Real Madrid goalkeeper and captain of Spain Iker Casillas featured for the full 90 minutes.

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