An Italian Serie A football club Torino F.C. Ended up facing criticism on social media after posting a tweet related to the BLM agenda.
The tweet in question contains no text save for a “Black Lives Matter” hashtag, and features a photo of a black footballer taking a knee in the field, with a white footballer standing in front of him.
Quite a few social media users did not seem amused with this imagery, some arguing that it might be perceived as a black man kneeling in front of a white man.
Torino posted this for their Black Lives Matter effort.— Field Notes Football (@FieldNotesGeo) June 21, 2020
Crop it - do anything - but don't show a black man appearing to kneel before a white man.
After using some monkeys in their "No To Racism" artwork, earlier this year, Serie A has a *long* way to go. #BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/pYJLuUdb7f
This is the worst possible picture you could've used lol— Top Boy (@king_mantey) June 20, 2020
I'm really closed to believe that racism was invented by Italian— Adnan Y (@flowroxe) June 20, 2020
This is totally embarrassing. It promotes the ideology of white supremacy. This shows one that that Torino is a club clotted with racism. The owners, this admin, players and all those behind this idea are awful lots. This is disgraceful.— JB Mairubutu (@thatGbagyiboy) June 21, 2020
Troll football has more sense than you im afraid https://t.co/s6ZHB5qLJ9— 🎩 (@CFCLamps_) June 21, 2020
A number of people pointed out, however, that the picture in question actually portrays a scene from a post-goal celebration, though some of them did note that perhaps Torino should've chosen a different frame.
So you couldn't use this image instead? pic.twitter.com/tWKsRb26uI— Mr Miyagi (@TheOreAfolayan) June 21, 2020