​La Liga has taken the remarkable stance of supporting the actions of Real Mallorca fitness coach Dani Pastor, after he was caught on camera making a seemingly racist gesture during their 1-0 defeat to Espanyol. 


Pastor appeared to get the attention of Japanese star Takefusa Kubo by pulling his eyes back in an inappropriate manner, as a signal for the midfielder to be prepared to enter the field of play. 

Takefusa Kubo

The staff member and club have received plenty of criticism since the video surfaced, but La Liga have defended the coach's actions, telling ​CNN that they do not believe the gesture 'carries a racist attitude' and it was 'simply a way to alert the player'. 


"At La Liga, we do not consider that the intention of this gesture carries a racist attitude," the statement read. 


"It is simply a way to alert the player when he was warming up without any other intention."


Kubo is on loan at Real Mallorca from Spanish giants ​Real Madrid, who signed the starlet from Japanese side FC Tokyo in the summer. Expectations in the Spanish capital are high for the youngster, who has made 20 league appearances for the relegation-threatened Mallorca this season, scoring one goal and laying on one assist.

Takefusa Kubo

Kubo has lost his place in the starting lineup in recent weeks however, coming on as a substitute in the last four matches. 


This controversial event comes soon after 12 Espanyol supporters were banned for racist chanting towards Athletic Bilbao striker Iñaki Williams. 


The 25-year-old was visibly upset by the gestures and chants which were aimed towards him by a section of the home supporters, but the club has acted quickly in identifying and banning the suspects.