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De Gea demands public apology from Spanish PM

AFP  |  Madrid 

has demanded a "public apology" from over comments he made in connection with a false 2016 sex slur.

Sanchez, who took over as earlier this month after conservative lost a vote of confidence, criticised two years ago amid sexual assault claims against the

At the time Sanchez said he did not "feel comfortable with as the national team's goalkeeper".

Last week, when Sanchez came to see the Spanish team off ahead of in Russia, De Gea was pictured with his hands in his pockets, remaining on the fringes of the group as teammates applauded the premier's arrival.

"I accepted his apologies politely," Spanish media quoted the as saying.

"The thing is, though, that what he said at the time was in public so I think his apologies should also be made publicly."

Sanchez made his comment after a woman accused De Gea of organising a party where women were obliged to have sex with footballers.

De Gea denied the accusations, which an investigation found to be false.

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First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 18:15 IST