Raheem Sterling Slams Corriere Dello Sport For ‘Black Friday’ Front Page Of Lukaku And Smalling

‘The headline says all we need to know about this day and age’: Raheem Sterling slams Corriere dello Sport for ‘Black Friday’ front page of Romelu Lukaku and Chris SmallingRomelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling were on the front page of Corriere dello SportTheir Friday front page showed the duo with the headline ‘Black Friday’Raheem Sterling is the latest person to condemn the controversial front pageThe England international believes racism has become even worse  

By Kishan Vaghela For Mailonline

Published: 08:02 EST, 7 December 2019 | Updated: 15:48 EST, 7 December 2019

Raheem Sterling has joined the list of players and managers to stand in solidarity with Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling, after the duo were subjected to Corriere dello Sport’s ‘Black Friday’ front page.

The pair were Manchester United team-mates last season but now find themselves at Inter Milan and Roma respectively, and faced each other on Friday night after the publication of the racially insensitive front page.

Corriere dello Sport has since refused to apologise for the headline by insisting that it was published to reflect the ‘magnificent wealth of diversity’ in football, but Manchester City forward Sterling has stated that it demonstrates how tolerance is becoming an increasing problem in the game.

Raheem Sterling has criticised Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport’s Thursday front page 

Chris Smalling and Romelu Lukaku featured on the front page with the headline ‘Black Friday’

Speaking to the BBC’s Football Focus, Sterling said: ‘The headline says everything you need to know about that. I don’t want to bang on how wrong that is. 

‘The headline says all we need to know about this day and age. I wouldn’t say it has got better, just more instances since then.’

Sterling witnessed first-hand his England team-mates suffering racist abuse in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign during their victory over Bulgaria in Sofia in October.

Sterling believes it shows that racism in modern football is showing no signs of improvement

Retweeting a news article in which Bulgaria coach Krasimir Balakov accused England of having a bigger racism problem than his own country, Sterling commented after that match: ‘ Mmmmh … Not sure about this one chief.’

But since then incidents of racism have increased across Europe and Corriere dello Sport’s Thursday publication was just the latest incident.

Both Lukaku and Smalling have made clear their displeasure with the front page, with the Inter striker describing it as ‘the most dumbest of headlines’ while the Roma defender said it was ‘wrong and highly insensitive’. 

AC Milan and AS Roma have also banned the newspaper’s reporters from visiting their training centres for the rest of the year.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer echoed the comments of Roma’s United loanee, stating that it is ‘the worst front page I’ve ever seen’.

Smalling and Lukaku faced off on Friday after featuring on the newspaper’s front page