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Roma And AC Milan Ban Corriere Dello Sport Over Alleged Racist Headline

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

Italian clubs, AS Roma and AC Milan, have banned ‘Corriere dello Sport’ from their training grounds over their 'Black Friday' front-page headline published on Thursday.

The Italian media giant used the controversial headline on the paper's front page as part of a preview for Friday’s Serie A clash between Inter and Roma.

Along with the absurd headline, photos of former Manchester United players, Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling, who now play for Inter and Roma, were used.

Following outrage by fans, other media outlets and the players, the two clubs have put out a joint statement condemning the newspaper and banning them for the rest of 2019.

"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," a club statement read.

"In response to the ‘BLACK FRIDAY’ headline published today by the newspaper, Roma and Milan have decided to ban Corriere Dello Sport from our training facilities for the rest of the year and our players will not carry out any media activities with the newspaper during this period.

"Both clubs are aware that the actual newspaper article associated with the ‘BLACK FRIDAY’ headline did portray an anti-racist message and for this reason, we have only banned Corriere Dello Sport until January.

"We remain totally committed to tackling racism."

Below is a photo of the controversial front-page of the Newspaper:

Roma And AC Milan Ban Corriere Dello Sport Over Alleged Racist Headline