Roma and AC Milan have issued a joint statement and announced that they have banned Corriere dello Sport from their training facilities for the rest of the year and that players will not carry out media activities with the newspaper during this period.
This is a huge step taken by two of the most prominent Italian clubs and comes just days after all Serie A clubs signed a pact to tackle racism. Here is the full statement from the two clubs:
“AS Roma and AC Milan publicly condemn the front page headline published today by Corriere dello Sport.”
“We believe that players, clubs, supporters and the media must be united in the fight against racism in football and we all have a responsibility to be very precise in the words we choose and the messages we deliver.”
“In response to the ‘BLACK FRIDAY’ headline published today by the newspaper, Roma and Milan have decided to ban Corriere dello Sport from our training facilities for the rest of the year and our players will not carry out any media activities with the newspaper during this period.”
“Both clubs are aware that the actual newspaper article associated with the ‘BLACK FRIDAY’ headline did portray an anti-racist message and for this reason, we have only banned Corriere dello Sport until January.”
“We remain totally committed to tackling racism.” – AS Roma & AC Milan