Play­ers’ stance on racist at­tack

Mercury (Hobart) - - SOCCER -

PLAY­ERS in a youth team match in Italy had black stripes painted on their faces in sup­port of a young player who was racially abused last week­end.

The ini­tia­tive in the un­der-17 league match be­tween Au­rora De­sio and Sovicese was in re­sponse to a 10year-old De­sio player al­legedly be­ing racially abused by the mother of an op­po­nent in a ju­nior match.

The play­ers also had the mes­sage “the only race I know is the hu­man one” on their shirts dur­ing Satur­day’s match, while there were spe­cial arm­bands for the cap­tains and the slo­gan “VAR — Vi­etato ai Razz­isti” (for­bid­den to racists).

The black young­ster con­tin­ued play­ing after hear­ing the al­leged slur last Satur­day but re­ported the in­ci­dent to his coach and par­ents.

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