Italian side 'black up' faces in misguided anti-racism support

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An amateur Italian side took to the field in black face paint in an extraordinarily misjudged show of support for their African team-mate.

Rioveggio - who play in Northern Italy - were attempting to show their stance against racism.

Their Togolese team-mate Teibou Koura was sent off in the previous fixture against Lizzano when he lashed out at an opponent who had been racially abusive.

In a bizarre display - that could be commended as a 'heart-in-the-right-place' gesture - his team-mates decided to take to the field in their next fixture with their faces blacked up.

With Yaya Toure the victim of racism just last night in Russia, the unfortunate topic of racism in football has reared it's head again.

Racism is still rife within Italian football with Serie A player Mario Balotelli being one of the more recent victims.

Former Tottenham and Portsmouth midfielder Kevin Prince Boateng was vocal in his condemnation of racism in Italy, and famously walked off the pitch when subjected to chants in a friendly game.

The Ghanaian left AC Milan this summer to return to Germany with FC Schalke 04.

This latest incidents, although less high-profile, shows the country's ignorance towards the issue of racism in football.

Although the act was intended to support the elimination of racism, the misguided execution is shocking in itself.

Shown in the picture above, Rioveggio accompanied the face paint with a banner supporting the fight against racism.

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