Players paint black stripes on faces in anti-racism stance

Desio players gather in the locker room with their faces painted with black marks as a symbolic sign against racism, prior to a youth team soccer matc...
Desio players line up on the pitch with their faces painted with black marks as a symbolic sign against racism, prior to a youth team soccer match bet...
A boy runs past a banner reading in Italian ' Forbidden to racists ', prior to a youth team soccer match between Desio and Sovicese, at the municipal ...
Desio players, their faces painted with black marks and wearing jerseys reading ' The only race I know is the human race 'as a symbolic sign against r...
A Desio player, his face painted with black marks as a symbolic sign against racism, kicks the ball during a youth team soccer match between Desio and...
Desio soccer players walk in the tunnel leading to the pitch with their faces painted with black marks and wearing jerseys reading " The only race I k...
Desio players paint their faces with black marks as a symbolic sign against racism, in the locker room prior to a youth team soccer match between Desi...

Desio players gather in the locker room with their faces painted with black marks as a symbolic sign against racism, prior to a youth team soccer matc...

Desio players line up on the pitch with their faces painted with black marks as a symbolic sign against racism, prior to a youth team soccer match bet...

A boy runs past a banner reading in Italian ' Forbidden to racists ', prior to a youth team soccer match between Desio and Sovicese, at the municipal ...

Desio players, their faces painted with black marks and wearing jerseys reading ' The only race I know is the human race 'as a symbolic sign against r...

A Desio player, his face painted with black marks as a symbolic sign against racism, kicks the ball during a youth team soccer match between Desio and...

Desio soccer players walk in the tunnel leading to the pitch with their faces painted with black marks and wearing jerseys reading " The only race I k...

Desio players paint their faces with black marks as a symbolic sign against racism, in the locker room prior to a youth team soccer match between Desi...

DESIO, Italy (AP) — Players in a youth team match in Italy had black stripes painted on their faces in support of a young player who was racially abused last weekend.

The initiative in the Under-17 league match between Aurora Desio and Sovicese was in response to a 10-year-old Desio player allegedly being racially abused by the mother of an opponent in a junior match between the two teams.

The players also had the message "the only race I know is the human one" on their shirts during Saturday's match, while there were special armbands for the captains and the slogan "VAR — Vietato ai Razzisti" (forbidden to racists).

The match was played in Desio, about 15 kilometers (nine miles) north of Milan.

The black youngster continued playing after hearing the alleged slur last Saturday but reported the incident to his coach and parents after the match.

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