Roma And AC Milan Ban Paper After Racist Headline

Roma And AC Milan Ban Paper After Racist Headline

Roma And AC Milan Ban Paper After Racist Headline

"We believe that players, clubs, supporters and the media must be united in the fight against racism in football and we all have a responsibility to be very precise in the words we choose and the messages we deliver".

"If this was two English players - Lukaku is Belgian obviously - and they had said it was a "St George's Day clash" or both were Belgians and it was the "Battle of Brussels" that would be different, but they are highlighting their race".

'I hope the editors involved in running this headline take responsibility and understand the power they possess through words, and the impact those words can have'.

Smalling and Lukaku, former Manchester United teammates, face off at the San Siro on Friday as Inter Milan look to maintain top spot in Serie A beating Champions League-chasing Roma, prompting the Rome-based Corriere dello Sport to publish the controversial headline.

An Italian sports newspaper drew the ire of Inter Milan and Roma football clubs when it used and offensive headline about black players in Thursday's edition.

"To hell with the idiots who "boo, ' tomorrow we should all do 'oooh" like children".

In advance of the match between Inter Milan and Roma on Friday, the daily Corriere dello Sport published a preview on its front page.

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"Football is passion, culture and brotherhood. We are and always will be opposed to any form of discrimination", Inter Milan tweeted, while AS Roma criticized the paper's headline writers.

Romelu Lukaku is one of many black footballers to be the victim of racist abuse in Italy already this season, as has Mario Balotelli and Kalidou Koulibaly.

'Black Friday, for those who want to and can understand it, was just a way of praising difference, the magnificent richness of difference, ' he wrote.

"You guys keep fueling the negativity and the racism issue, instead of talking about to the attractive game that's going to be played at San Siro between two great clubs", Lukaku wrote.

The newspaper defended the headline as "innocent", saying its intent "was only praising diversity" and that it had been "transformed into poison by those who have poison inside".

Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling have slammed Corriere dello Sport while Roma and AC Milan have banned the paper for their "Black Friday" front page. All 20 Serie A teams recently got together to sign a letter urging fans to eradicate the racism that plagues Italian soccer. At the end of the day the racist problem is a big problem.

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