Outrage as football players ‘black-up’ as Serena and Venus

Outrage as football players ‘black-up’ as Serena and Venus

Following a thorough, global dragging on social media, the football club players apologized and have been rebuked by club leadership.

Days after Knight claimed the very racist caricature was not at all racist, two Tasmanian Penguins Football Club players made a decision to celebrate the end of their season - called "Mad Monday" - by dressing up as Serena and Venus Williams, according to the Huffington Post.

A third member of the team was also dressed in blackface, posing as Aliir Aliir, a Sydney Swans football player.

Three amateur football players have painted their bodies black to celebrate their club's "Mad Monday" celebration.

One of the players posted the photo to a Mad Monday group on Facebook, while another used the image as his profile image.

"We don't condone [blackface] and it isn't in keeping with our values", the spokesperson told the public radio.

"How many young Aboriginal players would want to go now to the Penguin Football Club or be part of the NWFL [North West Football League] if this is the sort of attitude that is allowed to happen?"

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Social media users were quick to hammer the men for their racially insensitive costumes.

"Just when you thought we could relax because Australia at least hasn't had a blackface situation for a while... along comes Tasmania to save the day", Michelle Hunder tweeted.

While the trio have been reprimanded, the club insisted that their "actions were never intended to be racist in any way" and "all they meant to do was dress as one of their sporting idols".

"@PenguinTwoBlue do you have a comment about the players in your team wearing "black-face".?"

Many said it was overtly racist, but in an article published on The Herald Sun website, Knight defended his work and said he was "amazed" it had received such a strong reaction. Disgusting. They should be stood down immediately and permanently. A photo of the trio was posted in the, which has over 120,000 followers, but the picture was quickly deleted.

On Twitter, users were quick to point out that Australia's record with racism looked particularly poor after a week where we made global headlines for Mark Knight's cartoon depiction of Serena Williams in the Herald Sun. She was later fined $17,000 for her on-court misdemeanors and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) spoke out in support of Ramos, whom they called an "experienced and resected" umpire.

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