Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport has copped backlash after a ‘Black Friday’ front page featuring Roma’s Chris Smalling and Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku in a preview for the huge clash.
The match between two of Italian football’s biggest clubs, Roma and Inter Milan, was the talking point ahead of the weekend in the Serie A.
But in a season where multiple racism incidents have occurred during matches, a newspaper came under fire for a “shocking” preview of the match.
Front page of Corriere dello Sport.. Disturbing? pic.twitter.com/arosQl3tpx— hash (@hashim0307) December 4, 2019
Shocking front page by Il Corriere dello Sport as they preview Lukaku going up against Smalling in the Friday night game as 'Black Friday' pic.twitter.com/UpVskExxvI— Andrew Cesare (@AndrewCesare) December 5, 2019
@DavidAmoyal Have you seen tomorrow’s front page of the Corriere dello Sport? Where do you even begin with this. Unbelievable.— Allen Cooper (@FootyIndexAl) December 5, 2019
Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport's headline is 'Black Friday', as Romelu Lukaku will play against Chris Smalling this Friday in Serie A. This is not normal. pic.twitter.com/Gyw0rCIPKe— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) December 4, 2019
Lukaku, who featured on the front page, was the subject of racism from opposition fans this year following his big move from Manchester United.
Italian forward Mario Balotelli also stopped a game as he kicked a ball into the crowd following racist abuse from a section of the crowd.
The incidents prompted the Italian football clubs to band together and condemn racism in an open letter.
The co-signed letter said the incidents had shamed Italian football and action had to be taken.
“We have to publicly recognise that we have a serious problem with racism,” it read.
“It’s a problem that we have not done enough to combat over the years.
“Images of players being racially abused in Italian football have been viewed and discussed all around the world this season and that shames us all.
“No individual should ever be subjected to racist abuse – inside or outside of football – and we can no longer stay silent on this issue or wait for it to magically disappear.”