Lionel Messi leaving Barca isn’t the only big trending soccer news today.
On Thursday afternoon the Juventus FC Women’s Twitter account bizarrely posted a photo of a player wearing a training cone and making a slant-eye gesture that was immediately deemed racist. Despite the criticism from fans on Twitter, it took Juventus nearly half an hour to delete the tweet.
— IMcontrariato (@kappazeta_) August 5, 2021
Juventus FC Women”s Twiter account went on to apologize for offending anyone while stating the tweet did not have any racial undertones.
We sincerely apologise that our tweet, which was not meant to cause controversy or have any racial undertones, may have offended anyone. Juventus has always been against racism and discrimination. #DifferencesMakeTheDifference
— Juventus Women (@JuventusFCWomen) August 5, 2021
The apology didn’t go over too well considering the picture clearly had racial undertones.
what the heck was this supposed to convey? pic.twitter.com/ZN5vOk2PFe
— pj tucker is an NBA champion. (@lyssah_a) August 5, 2021
The photographer took the photo.
The athlete posed for the photo.
Someone coordinated that pose.
The social team posted with that caption.
HOW IS IT THAT SO MANY PEOPLE THOUGHT THIS WAS OK?!
And on top of it all, a half-assed apology. https://t.co/bEfaJ2KLqs
— Nicole Bansen 💙 (@NicoleBansen) August 5, 2021
"racial undertones" uno, terrible apology also wtf is that hashtag https://t.co/kdBRp3Ox1a
— ʷ (@_winniehuang) August 5, 2021
okay juventus women may have posted the most racist shit ever but look at the hashtag they used here. idk I think we should let this one go guys https://t.co/Fo2lVXcLls
— manny (@mannyfidel) August 5, 2021
"was not meant to have any racial undertones"
— Maxwell (@maqwelll) August 5, 2021
Incredible how chicken-shit this "apology" is. Please do share what the tweet was "meant to cause." Also, we're not talking about overtones; it's overtly racist. A real apology should be coupled with a suspension of the player and the firing of the idiot social media manager https://t.co/WYBbrc0axj pic.twitter.com/aXhNDZbZM0
— James Kleimann (@jameskleimann) August 5, 2021
I agree that there weren't racial undertones. It was just blatant racism. So in a way this insincere apology is accurate. https://t.co/CUoLuMqGUj
— Benjamin Hoffman (@BenHoffmanNYT) August 5, 2021