A German club football club has responded to an alleged racist attack on two of its players.
Deinster SV, who are a German team from the Lower Saxony region, posted a digitally altered photo of the team to make the players appear black.
Taking to Facebook, the club stated that two of their players had been 'insulted and beaten' on racial grounds.
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It appears that both players, who are Sudanese refugees, have been subjected to racial abuse, which has led to the football club making a stand.
Alongside the image of the team, the club posted: "Our friend and fellow players emad was on Saturday, on racial grounds, insulted and beaten. This is just sad! Violence against refugees is pathetic!! Emad and amar - you belong to us, like any other of your ster Sports Club and we are pleased that you are with us!!! #UnitedWeStand #DevidedWeFall #NurDerDSV."
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You can see the Facebook post here:
The club's manager, Soenke Kreibich, has backed the stance on the matter, claiming that the image shows a solidarity with the two players who were attacked.
Kreibich told the club's website: "We wanted to make a stand, amongst ourselves but also to the public.
"It should make it clear that Emad and Amar are an inherent part of our team, and not a minority on whom you can use violence to let off your personal frustration."
Understandably, the image hasn't gone down too well with everyone as the BBC report how some users on social media have criticised the photo.
"Protest against racism. Hm. Not really sure about that," writes one person on Twitter. "Somehow worrying, as I see it... Isn't this also a form of racism?" asks one Facebook user.
It appears, though, that opinion is split over the controversial act; the same report from the BBC also claims that some users have welcomed the response from the German club.
The debate whether Deinster SV have handled the allegations correctly may well go on for some time to come, but you have to admire them for taking a stance on the matter. For far too long, football clubs haven't done enough to combat racism and it's something that, unfortunately, still hinders the progression of the game.
It's a global problem, of course, but one that needs addressing. On this occasion, a lower league club in Germany have opted to do something about it, but it's time for high-profile figures in the game to make their mark. There's still so much work to be done.
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