Both AS Roma and AC Milan dun issue ban for Corriere dello Sport, ontop dem racially insensitive headline from Italian newspaper regarding stars Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku.
The front page headline on Thursday edition of Corriere dello Sport yarn say ‘Black Friday’, as e dey followed up by pictures of in-form ex-Man Utd teammates Lukaku and Smalling, who dun dey set to face each other when Inter and Roma play on Friday.
The headline vex people as backlash con dey, as the two clubs issuing statements criticising the publication. However, Corriere dello Sport get mind defend hin choice of words.
Now Roma and AC Milan dun issue joint statement banning ontop Corriere dello Sport from their training grounds and media activities with players for the rest of the month.
The joint statement, wey dey the clubs’ websites, yarn: “We believe say players, clubs, supporters and the media gats dey united ontop the fight against racism for football and we all get responsibility to dey very precise in the kyn words we dey choose and the messages we dey deliver.
“In response to the ‘Black Friday’ headlines wey dem publish today by the newspaper, Milan and Roma dun decide to ban Corriere dello Sport from our training facilities for the rest of the year and our players no go carry out any media activities with the newspaper during this period.
“Both clubs dey aware say the actual newspaper article wey dey associated with the ‘Black Friday’ headline portray anti-racist message and for this reason, we dun only ban Corriere dello Sport until January.”
Lukaku agent Federico Pastorello yarn say ‘asham’ catch am to read the headline, as Smalling release hin own statement on social media, as hin call am ‘wrong and highly insensitive’.
Lukaku and Smalling dun before before play together for Manchester United, prior to dem summer moves to Serie A.
Both of dem dun start the 2019/20 season well, as Lukaku dun score ten for hin 13 starts for Serie A so far this season, while Chris Smalling dun receive plaudits for hin own high standards.