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An Italian newspaper have disgustingly dubbed Friday night's Serie A clash between Inter Milan and Roma as 'Black Friday'.
Corriere dello Sport ran a 'Black Friday' headline with photos of Inter Milan's Romelu Lukaku and Roma's Chris Smalling either side.
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
The duo used to play together at Manchester United so their images are likely attempting to play on that.
But the headline has outraged fans and officials online in another huge race storm in Italy.
This is shocking. Nothing, but nothing grates on me more than racism. A stain on society and half don't even realise they are even being racist. Just depressing.
- Dan (@Altgthr) December 5, 2019
Tone deaf, ignorant & with the usual racial undertones.
Saying I'm shocked would be a lie at this point.
Absolute embarrassment from @CorSport to come up with this title for Friday's clash between Inter and Roma. pic.twitter.com/0OPOD5LZ9x
- Matteo Bonetti (@BonettiESPN) December 5, 2019
Shockingly poor journalism; I don't know how the editor has managed to get away with that one. However, it shows the stance of the Italian culture when it comes to black players in football *surprise surprise* and possibly Italian culture to an extent
- Hiten (@HitenM_90) December 5, 2019
Not a single soul:
Corriere dello Sport headline writer: pic.twitter.com/u2xpMLV5IH
- AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) December 5, 2019
The newspaper have yet to comment on the scandal.
Italian football has been blighted with racism scandals over the last year and this season has seen a number of high profile cases.
Lukaku himself was subjected to monkey chants among other slurs as he stepped up to take a penalty against Cagliari back in September.
Mario Balotelli has also found himself on the receiving end of horrific abuse.
The Italian forward kicked the ball into the Hellas Verona crowd after being abused and threatened to walk off the pitch.
The latest scandal is set to overshadow what could be one of Serie A's games of the season.
Antonio Conte's side are top of Serie A while Roma are outside the top four on goal difference.
Lukaku and Smalling have settled into their respective sides comfortably since leaving Old Trafford in the summer.
It's a shame that horrible off-field antics are likely set to take away from the on-field action.
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