Serie A uses monkeys in anti-racism posters [Photos]

By Mirror: Tuesday, December 17th 2019 at 09:02 GMT +3 | Football
Serie A's latest anti-racism campaign - Monkeys [Courtesy]

Italian football has seen a number of high-profile racist incidents in recent times and their latest campaign has not been well received

Serie A chiefs have been slammed for their latest anti-racism campaign.

Italian football has been at the centre of a series of shocking racist incidents in recent months.

Alongside on-field incidents, the clash between Inter Milan and Roma, which saw Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling face-off, was branded ' Black Friday ' by newspaper Corriere dello Sport.

In an attempt to combat the spate of racism incidents, Serie A have introduced a series of initiatives, including a particularly set of distasteful artwork.

Artist Simone Fugazzotto created the presentation, which featured three monkeys in motifs as its centrepiece.

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Fugazzotto uses chimps and apes throughout his paintings and explained his latest work, which has drawn criticism for appearing to fuel racist taunts.

"With this trio of paintings, I tried to show that we are all complex and fascinating creatures, who can be sad or happy, Catholic, Muslim or Buddhist.

Serie A chiefs have been slammed for the campaign [Courtesy]

"But at the end of the day, what decides who we are is not the colour of our skin.

“I only paint monkeys as a metaphor for human beings. We turn the concept back on the racists, as we are all monkeys originally. So I painted a Western monkey, an Asian monkey and a black monkey.”

The work has unsurprisingly been slammed with the campaign appearing to highlight the issues that Italian football has.

One user on social media, wrote: "Absolutely awful execution of an important message.

Another posted: "This is distasteful, an absolute disgrace.

A response to the artwork, read: "I wish I were making this up. How many people do you think this went through, from executives to designers to marketers, and no one thought to stop it?!"

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