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    While Fare network and many social media users regarded the newspaper's headline, combined with the front page imagery, as inappropriate, the media outlet itself went on to defend its decision.

    An anti-racist group called Fare network has recently set its sights on the popular Italian daily Corriere dello Sport after the latter's choice of headline for a preview of the upcoming match between Inter Milan and AS Roma.

    The headline, “Black Friday”, was printed on the front page which also featured a picture of footballers set to take part in the game, Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku, both of whom are black, prompting accusations of racism from Fare.

    “The media fuels racism every day. This is todays edition of Italian sport daily Corriere dello Sport,” the group tweeted.

    ​A number of social media users also seemed to share Fare's sentiment, with some making rather unflattering remarks about Italy and racism.

    The newspaper went on to defend its choice of headline, arguing that it was “innocent.”

    "'Black Friday', for those who want and can understand it, was and is only the praise of difference, the pride of difference, the magnificent richness of difference," it said in a message posted on its website. "An innocent title... is transformed into poison by those who have the poison inside."
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