FC Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has hit out at a German politician following the latter’s controversial comments towards Bayern player Jerome Boateng.

The deputy leader of the anti-immigration party stated at the weekend that “people like Boateng as a footballer, but wouldn’t want to live next to someone like him” in an apparent reference to the Bayern defender’s foreign roots.

The statement sparked controversy in Germany and Rummenigge has now taken aim at the right-wing politician. 

“Discrimination of any kind in sport and this society deserves the red card,” Rummenigge said in a statement on the official Bayern website.

“Jerome Boateng is a wonderful human being and an example to follow as a professional football player at this club. We are proud that he also plays for the German national team.” 

The 27-year-old Boateng was born in Berlin and has won 57 caps for Germany, playing a key role in their successful 2014 World Cup campaign. The defender has a Ghanaian father, with his brother Kevin-Prince Boateng having represented the African country at international level.

Well done Karl-Heinz! This is real leadership. We all have to take a stand against racism. And I agree – it deserves a permanent red card.

This week Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven appointed a new Swedish Trade Minister. 

The new Trade Minister Ann Linde is one of the most experienced Swedish politicians in international affairs. She has a long successful political career representing the leading and ruling Social Democratic Party. 

Linde will also have responsibility for European Union Affairs and she has outstanding experience and knowledge of EU affairs and trade issues. She also has a very large international network which now come in handy.

The appointment of Ann Linde, a very competent and strong politician, as dedicated Trade Minister is another strategic move by Government to further strenghten the Swedish position on the international arena and to improve our representation in international organizations and institutions. 

The European Union (EU) Trade Commissioner is from Sweden. Cecilia Malmström is a Swedish politician who has served as European Commissioner for Trade since 2014. 

She previously served as European Commissioner for Home Affairs (2010 to 2014). 
Cecilia Malmström is a very experienced Swedish politician that has spent seventeen years working in the EU trade environment. She started as a member of the European Parliament in 1999. In 2006 she was opinted Swedish Minister for EU Affairs, before being appointed European Commissioner in 2010.

Now she is in charge of trade, and thus the free trade agreement between the EU and the US, called the Transatlantic Trade and Investement Partnership (TTIP). 

As Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström has pursued an ambitious trade agenda for the benefit of the general public, small and medium-sized businesses and the entire EU economy.