A 'Racist' Anti-Racism Photo Sparks Backlash Against Italian Football Club

Published June 22nd, 2020 - 06:19 GMT
A 'Racist' Anti-Racism Photo Sparks Backlash Against Italian Football Club
Torino's English page didn't take the photo down despite hundreds of protesting calls. (Twitter: @TorinoFC1906_En)

A gesture meant to celebrate an opening goal and support the Black Lives Matter movement online went wrong; when an Italian football club posted a photo with a controversial angle, one that was perceived by many fans as "racist."

As Series A games continue after months-hold in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, Torino's Cameroonian defender Nicolas Nkoulou celebrated his goal kneeling in memory of George Floyd, the African American man who was killed by a police officer in the United States last month, triggering a wave of global protests demanding an end to "police brutality" against black people.

Torino FC posted a photo of Nkoulou kneeling while his Italian teammate Andrea Belotti waited for him to congratulate him on his goal. Yet, the photo captioned "Black Lives Matter" which was posted by the English-speaking Torino page stirred many angry reactions as users argued "it was meant to offend black people again," saying that the media team could have chosen another one with a better angle.

Torino's English page didn't take the photo down, despite hundreds of protest calls, but posted yet another one with a statement made by Nkoulou.

The new photo triggered an even stronger backlash as commentators continued to demand a better stance on the Italian football club's part.


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