A holiday snap of Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies and his girlfriend has led to shocking racist abuse that’s been condemned across the football world.
Canadian star Davies - whose parents are from Liberia - has been subjected to a torrent of disgusting racist messages after his girlfriend Jordyn Huitema shared a photo of the pair holidaying in Ibiza.
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The picture was posted back in August but has received more than 14,000 comments - many of which were vulgar and racist and unsuitable for print.
Bayern president Herbert Hainer has hit out at the shocking backlash to the photo after offering his unwavering support to the couple.
Hainer insisted that “racist hostility will not be tolerated” and condemned those responsible for the racist attacks.
“Our club stands for cosmopolitanism,” Hainer told German publication Bild.
"The racist hostility will not be tolerated by us in any way.
“We founded the ‘Red Against Racism’ initiative some time ago, which we practice very actively throughout the club in all sports and areas.
“Exclusion, discrimination, hatred and violence in every form have no place in our world. No matter where you come from - football offers us all a home. Football has the power to connect people. As FC Bayern we always want to contribute to this.”
Davies’ teammate Jerome Boateng also hit out at the abuse, posting: “I’m totally disgusted”.
Huitema, who plays club football for French giants Paris Saint-Germain, drew attention to the ugly controversy after sharing examples of some of the abuse last week.
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“We will never see good in the world if all we see is the colour of each other's skin. We are all part of one race, the human race,” she said.
Davies and Huitema both represent Canada in soccer and the sport's governing body in the country says it's "appalled" by the ugly saga.
“We stand firm against racism and discrimination of any kind both in the game and within all of our communities around the world," Canada Soccer said in a statement.
“We are both disappointed and appalled with the hateful comments recently made to members of our national teams through social media.”
“Share love not hate and work together for a better world. #NoToRacism.”
Davies shared screenshots the some of the messages that his girlfriend had taken, describing them as "absolutely disgusting" to his 3.2 million Instagram followers.
“These are the type of comments that are being put under my girlfriend’s pictures, also in her DMs and mine. This is absolutely disgusting,” he said.
Davies just this week posted a photo of himself wearing a ‘Red Against Racism’ shirt in support of his club’s anti-discrimination initiative.
— Alphonso Davies (@AlphonsoDavies) December 14, 2020
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