The Italian sports newspaper was criticized by the head of 'Black Friday' of Lukaku

Rome, December 5 (AFP) Italian football clubs on Thursday criticized the cover of a famous sports newspaper as unacceptable and terrible after using Black Friday in a headline in reference to Romelu Lukaku and Roma defender Roma Smalling.

Smalling and Lukaku, former Manchester United teammates, face Friday at San Siro while Inter Milan seeks to maintain first place in Serie A by beating Roma chasing the Champions League, which caused that the Corriere dello Sport, based in Rome, publish the controversial incumbent.

The article praised the two players for taking strong positions against racism and they are the symbols of the two clubs, but Rome tweeted that not a single soul would consider the headline to be a good idea.

The club's director of strategy, Paul Rogers, told AFP that the owner's choice was terrible, although the article itself was positive.

Racism is a recurring problem in Italian football, as several black Serie A players have suffered racial abuse by their followers in the first months of the season.

The intention of the newspaper article was really positive, but this headline has totally eclipsed the anti-racist message contained in the story, Rogers said.

Unfortunately, as we have seen on social networks, more people will see that badly judged headline on the cover than read the actual article and create new problems at a time when we are all trying to address the issue of racism in Italian football.

Mario Balotelli de Brescia was a victim of racist abuse by Hellas Verona fans last month, while AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie was also targeted by Verona supporters and Lukaku was personally abused by Cagliari, also serial criminals.

It is totally unacceptable to see such casual ignorance about racism, AC Milan tweeted.

We will not remain silent on this issue ... superficiality and ignorance on the issue of racism are no longer tolerable.

Inter Milan said football is passion, culture and brotherhood. We are and will always be against all forms of discrimination.

The Corriere dello Sport did not regret despite the violent reaction, saying that the headline was only the praise of the difference, the pride of the difference, the magnificent wealth of the difference.

White, black, yellow Denying the difference is the typical macroscopic obstacle of anti-racist racism, he said in an editorial. An innocent owner ... is transformed into poison by those who have poison inside. The anti-racism agency Fare said that on the front page of the newspaper the media feed racism every day. (AFP) APA APA

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