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German far-right MP warned over racial slur on Boris Becker's

AFP  |  Berlin 

The far-right Alternative for (AfD) party today formally cautioned one of its lawmakers over a calling star son a "little half-negro".

A from the account of Jens Maier, a former judge, had attacked for reportedly complaining about being seen as the "eternal son" of his famous father.

"It seems the little half-negro simply got too little attention," read the posted from the account of Maier, one of more than 90 members elected to last September.

Maier claims he did not write the tweet, which has since been deleted, saying one of his staff had posted it.

In a statement issued Monday, Maier apologised to Becker for the "lapse" by his employee, who he said no longer worked for him.

"This tweet not only contradicts my style but also does not reflect my ideas. I will ensure that this does not happen again," he said.

Maier's explanation appeared to have been accepted by the party's leadership, which warned him to take greater care in managing his employees.

has filed a criminal complaint against Maier over the tweet, which was also blasted by his father in a scathing column in Sunday's edition of newspaper.

"says such things neither out of stupidity nor fear. He knows exactly what he is doing and why," wrote Becker, demanding that the face "consequences".

It was a second time in a week that deputies had come under fire after police filed a complaint against senior party member over a tweet which they say violated laws against incitement to hate.

Von Storch had criticised for sending a New Year's greeting in Arabic on Twitter, asking if authorities had meant "to placate the barbaric, Muslim, gang- raping hordes of men?"

On January 1, a law against went into effect in Germany, requiring companies to remove illegal inflammatory comments or face up to 50 million euros ($60 million) in fines.

The capitalised on discontent against a mass influx of asylum seekers to since 2015 to make the strongest showing for a far-right party in a national election in the post-war era.

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First Published: Mon, January 08 2018. 20:15 IST