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Sport Corriere dello Sport complains of 'lynching' in front-page defence of 'Black Friday' headline

12:25  06 december  2019
12:25  06 december  2019 Source:   goal.com

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The paper's front page , a day before a major league fixture, focused on two key new signings, both black . AS Roma and AC Milan will snub Italian sports newspaper Corriere dello Sport until the end of the calendar year.

Corriere dello Sport has been heavily criticised for a front page featuring Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling and the headline ‘ Black Friday ’.

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Corriere dello Sport claimed to be victim of a "lynching" over its controversial "Black Friday" headline as editor Ivan Zazzaroni suggested some clubs had expressed support.

The Italian sports publication sparked outrage when it used the term on Thursday's front page to accompany images of Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling.

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Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport used the headline " Black Friday " for Inter vs. Roma with photos of Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling. Corriere dello Sport dedicated its front page to the contest between two of Italy's form teams, but their headline choice has attracted widespread criticism.

Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport has defended its " Black Friday " headline ahead of Romelu Lukaku's But " Black Friday ", a term used to describe the first Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States when The front - page splash has attracted widespread criticism, with Roma, Inter, Milan and

The former Manchester United team-mates are set to square off in a Serie A fixture between Inter and Roma on Friday.

Watch: 'Positive reaction to headline in Italy' (Sky Sports)

Inter striker Lukaku called it the "dumbest" headline he had ever seen and Smalling labelled it "highly insensitive".

But after hitting out at social media and criticism and declaring its "innocent" intentions, Corriere refused to backtrack with its next edition.

Friday's headline read: "Racist to whom? Lynching of a newspaper that has been defending freedom and equality for a century".

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Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport has defended its front page which previews a soccer game with the headline " Black Friday .".

Corriere dello Sport shockingly branded Inter's contest with Roma as " Black Friday ", focusing on Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling. Corriere dello Sport dedicated its front page to the contest between two of Italy's form teams, but their headline choice has attracted widespread criticism.

Watch: 'Black Friday' headline shameful, says Lukaku's headline (Sky Sports)

The front page included a collage of past headlines condemning racism and an editorial from Zazzaroni that insisted "Black Friday" was meant to be a celebration of diversity.

Roma and Inter's city rivals Milan responded by banning the newspaper from speaking to their players and attending training sessions for the remainder of 2019.

In an appearance on Telelombardia, Zazzaroni said: "The other clubs have expressed solidarity. I don't have to justify myself. In the newspaper we did many articles on the fight against racism.

"The headline has been explained and clarified. It was a pun on two champions of anti-racism.

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Corriere dello Sport have defended their controversial ' Black Friday ' headline . Corriere dello Sport have launched a passionate defence of their ' Black Friday ' headline to promote a story featuring Romelu Lynching of a newspaper that for a century has defended liberty and equality.'

Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport used the headline " Black Friday " for Inter vs. Roma with photos of Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling. Corriere dello Sport dedicated its front page to the contest between two of Italy's form teams, but their headline choice has attracted widespread criticism.

"Lukaku's agent [Federico Pastorello] even said that there was an association with other [newspapers] with the aim of debasing both players.

"Let's say that the exchange between me and Pastorello wasn't very uplifting."

Racism controversies have plagued Italian football this season. Lukaku and Brescia's Mario Balotelli were separately subjected to taunts from supporters during matches in September and November.

Serie A clubs recently signed an open letter vowing to address the issue of racism within the Italian game, with football authorities criticised for not doing enough to punish examples or racial discrimination at matches.

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