Friday, January 04, 2013
British boy engulfed in race storm for blacking up his face to look like his favourite soccer player
Must not look black -- again!
A ten-year-old Leeds United fan has become embroiled in an online race row after he blacked up to pose with his hero El Hadji Diouf.
The child posted a series of pictures on his Twitter account provoking a backlash from users who said he was racist.
But the primary school child said he did not realise it would be offensive and did it as a tribute to his footballing hero.
The boy's father was forced to take to his son's Twitter account to defend him from accusations of racism.
'He asked to dress up as Diouf so we let him for a bit of fun. We completely underestimated the response it would get. Hes only 10 and likes the banter so lay off please thanks for positive comments'.
The fan met his favourite player outside Elland Road ahead of his team's home game against Bolton Wanderers on New Year's Day.
He said Diouf and other Leeds players found the 'costume' - a blacked up face and head, Leeds kit and white mohican - funny.