Chris Smalling has responded to the shocking headline in the Corriere dello Sport newspaper which has received criticism universally in the football world.
The United defender, currently enjoying a season-long loan spell at Roma, featured on the front page with former Reds striker Romelu Lukaku with the headline ‘Black Friday’.
Unsurprisingly, the headline’s racist undertone has come under fire and warranted a response from Smalling who felt he had to address the issue.
Smalling described the headline as ‘highly insensitive’ and said he hoped the editors involved can take responsibility for the staggering error in judgment.
But remarkably, in their defence published online, Corriere dello Sport said they were ‘only ever praising diversity and taking pride in diversity’.
See Smalling’s twitter response below:
— Chris Smalling (@ChrisSmalling) December 5, 2019