'Blatantly racist': Twitter slams Juventus FC for posting racist picture of Cecilia Salvai

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Aug 06, 2021, 05:06 PM(IST)

Cecilia Salvai posts racist picture on Twitter. Photograph:( Twitter )

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Italian defender Cecilia Salvai was seen posing with a training cone on her head and her eyes squeezed to the sides with her finger. This 'slant-eyed' gesture is a racist way of depicting Asian people and is highly frowned upon

In the 21st century, it does not matter if you are a public speaker, politician, sportsperson or just a neighbour, one wrong social media post can affect your life badly.

A footballer learned this very quickly when a picture of her posing in the 'slant-eyed' gesture was posted on Twitter, which was understood to be highly racist.

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Italian defender Cecilia Salvai was seen posing with a training cone on her head and her eyes squeezed to the sides with her finger. This 'slant-eyed' gesture is a racist way of depicting Asian people and is highly frowned upon.

The picture was posted on the account of Juventus Women’s Twitter account and it stayed there for nearly 20 minutes, before the football club realised their mistake and deleted the tweet.

Soon after, an apology was tweeted from the same account. "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," the tweet read.

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However, the damage was already done. Twitter users lashed out at the football club for not noticing the inappropriate nature of the tweet and the photo.

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