Corriere dello Sport's controversial "Black Friday" headline focusing on Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling proves the media is a part of Italy's discrimination problem, according to anti-racism campaigners Kick It Out. With Inter and Roma set to tussle in Serie A this Friday, the sports publication previewed the contest on its front page on Thursday. But the prevalence of "Black Friday" — a term used to describe the first Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States when retail sales mark the start of the Christmas shopping period — saw the publication focus on the reunion of former Manchester United team-mates Smalling and Lukaku, and specifically the colour of their skin. Troy Townsend, head of development for equality and inclusion organisation Kick It Out, said errors in judgement help to normalise discrimination in Italy , a country that has been dogged by incidents of racism this season. Speaking to Omnisport, Townsend said: "We're not shocked, are we? We've seen a number of incidents in Italy this season alone. Then he had his own president [Massimo Cellino] talk about him in the way he did, saying he was ['black and is working on lightening up']. While we thought it was an issue for the federation, who allow racism in their stadiums and allow the very identity of black people to be dehumanised , questioned and devalued, we now realise again — like we have in the UK — that the press have a massive part to play in this as well. Ultimately, that is a racist act that's been put out publicly that many people will glorify on and chuckle with.
Chelsea condemn Abraham abuse
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Chelsea News. Social media giant Twitter has agreed to discuss racist abuse with football anti-discrimination group Kick It Out for the first time. It comes after Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham was targeted online after missing the decisive penalty in Chelsea's penalty shootout defeat to Liverpool in the Super Cup final on Wednesday night. Kick It Out subsequently sent a "call to action" to social media platforms including Twitter, asking what was being done to "tackle this insidious problem". Hopefully there will be some actions coming out of those conversations. Townsend added: "The fact they have acknowledged communication from us and are willing to talk means we open up the conversation. We are disgusted with the abhorrent posts we have seen on social media.
In the build-up to the latest set of domestic games, Premier League managers put the focus on social media companies to police abuse dished out to players online. The vile racist abuse on social media continued today. Representatives of Twitter are also planning to meet with officials at Manchester United to discuss the racial abuse aimed at Pogba following his penalty miss against Wolves on Monday night. Following the match, which saw Palace win following a stoppage-time goal from defender Patrick Van Aanholt, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hit out at the abuse directed towards Rashford. When contacted by the PA news agency on Saturday evening, Twitter firmly reiterated the statements of last week, with racist behaviour having no place on the social media platform. The company says a series of accounts have been permanently suspended over the abuse directed towards footballers and insisted it will take robust action on any account which violates its rules.. Wednesday, August 5. Preview: Man Utd vs.