Ten-year-old accused of racism for impersonating his favourite player

Yahoo!7 January 3, 2013, 9:09 am

A 10-year-old football fan in the UK has become embroiled in a race row after he blackened his face to pay tribute to his favourite player.

The primary school student from Leeds painted his face black to mimic Leeds United's Senegalese striker El Hadji Diouf.

The boy posted a series of photos on Twitter posing with Diouf and other Leeds players, sparking criticism for the supposedly racist outfit.

The boy's father was forced to defend his son, who didn't realise his tribute was racist.

"I want to apologise if (my son) dressing up has caused offence," the father wrote on the boy's Twitter page.

"He asked to dress up as Diouf so we let him for a bit of fun. We completely underestimated the response it would get. Hes only 10 and likes the banter so lay off please thanks for positive comments."

In addition to blackening his face, the boy wore a full Leeds kit and even replicated Diouf's trademark bleached Mohawk.

The boy said Diouf and the other players found his outfit funny.

He also posed for photos with Leeds manager Neil Warnock and two police officers outside the ground.

After the pictures were posted, Twitter users took to the social networking site accusing the child of racism.

But several users came to the boy's defence, including Norwich City player Robert Snodgrass who tweeted: "Can't a kid dress up as one of his favourite players these days without people moaning. We were kids once."

For his part, the boy seemed unconcerned about the fuss he had caused.

"I didnt realise i wud get this much attention thanks for your comments but im gonna watch rest of match now," he tweeted.

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  1. AJN01:33pm Monday 04th March 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Get a life you closet woofs and leave the kid alone. It's hard enough growing up in today's society as it is, he dosent need without

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  2. alan09:39am Saturday 05th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Robert you have made some very good points, yet you forget that this great country of ours have more different cultures than any other country in the world. So all i ask is we should stop bagging other countries and look to our own.

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  3. robert10:00am Friday 04th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    The pommies have made a mess of their own country by bringing in copious amounts of coloured people who now run the place.Lets not let this super sensitivity start up here, and lets see common sence and a bit of tolerance prevail.If that is offensive to anyone somebody needs to take a long hard look at themselves.

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  4. Ace08:24am Friday 04th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Pogo the Clown will take care of that faarked up little boy...promise...hahahahahahah

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  5. Bingalee06:41am Friday 04th January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    After reading Rob's rant it is easy to see why Gillard's government is the worst ever in this country,their supporters are not only blind but brain dead.Now they're lying to themselves,not just the rest of us.Mate,your standing in the middle of the ruins of a once great country,now largely owned by China among others and have the hide to carp about what Abbott 'might' do.Wake up & shake off those blinkers before Juliar sinks the whole country without trace!

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  6. Sportslover11:52pm Thursday 03rd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Rob does make some good points, and remember, when Abbot assumes power Workchoices will be the first thing on the agenda

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  7. dwayne11:29pm Thursday 03rd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    is the movie white chicks racist????? take it for what is is, a kid emulating one of his idols. grow up you idiots

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  8. rob09:43pm Thursday 03rd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Alas, Christopher J, you will offend the naysayers who swallow the garbage pedalled by Alan Jones and Andrew Bolt. They aleady see the Abbottollah as the new messiah. What does the Abbotollah and his tired Opposition have to offer us? More of the failed Howard/Bush era “free” market policies that led to the present Global Financial Crisis? Highly likely since the Opposition's Howard era front bench remains largely unchanged (and unrepentant). No doubt, we will see much more exporting of Australian manufacturing jobs and scientific and technical skills overseas? More selling off our private and public capital (the latter accumulated by the efforts of generations of taxpayers) at bargain basement prices? More “free trade” agreements (where other countries sell freely on our markets but deny access to theirs)? And how will our new economy, based on financial services, work in a world where capital moves freely throughout global capital markets with governments powerless to monitor, let alone regulate such movements? Where will jobs come from in such “clever” industries where our graduates will be passed over in favor of tens of thousands of Chinese and Indian graduates (many trained in our universities) who are willing to come and work for lower wages than young Australians? At least, the Coalition is likely to create the best educated long term jobless underclass in Australia's history!

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  9. Abel08:47pm Thursday 03rd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Sounds like only the fools of the Twitter-verse and Yah-poo! are beating up this story ... because they hide behind anonymous i.d. Whoever wrote this story for Yah-poo! should put their name to the article.

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  10. Ln07:30pm Thursday 03rd January 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    the black guy has a mowhawk is the being racist to american indians wake you people

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