Roma fans honored Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa with blackface, and the club’s Twitter account promoted it

Here’s a tweet retweeted by AS Roma’s verified English account:

This “tribute” is for France international Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. Roma fans like Yanga-Mbiwa. Seriously. It’s just that sometimes Italy can be, you know, a little bit racist and/or oblivious.

Yeah, #NotAllItalians, sure. But look at these people. No one in this picture, taken this past weekend at Roma’s home match against Palermo, seemed a bit bothered by the Roma fans in blackface. So maybe it isn’t too shocking the person in charge of Roma’s English Twitter account fired off this retweet.

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Someone skipped cultural sensitivity (common sense) training.

But isn’t just the fans in blackface that’s troubling. The fans really do seem to think they’re paying tribute to Yanga-Mbiwa. In fact, fans gathered prior to the game to pay tribute to him as, just a week earlier, he scored the late winner against rivals Lazio to secure Roma’s automatic place in next year’s Champions League.

But still …

Come on, now.

Unfortunately, Yanga-Mbiwa’s day wasn’t over. Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reports that a group of Lazio fans — not to be left out of a story involving ignorance — approached Yanga-Mbiwa in front of nightclub and attempted to assault him with their belts. Whether the assualt was racially motivated or a response to Yanga-Mbiwa’s game-winning goal last week is unclear, but it’s safe to say that the French defender had an eventful weekend.