Juventus have issued a further apology after a tweet containing a racist gesture appeared on the official Twitter feed of their women’s team, describing it as “an unforgivable mistake”.
The tweet, which included an image of defender Cecilia Salvai performing an offensive gesture, received thousands of replies in the 20 minutes it appeared on the social media platform before it was deleted.
Having posted an initial apology on Twitter, soon after the post was deleted, Juventus released a longer statement on Friday.
It read: “We would like to express our deepest apologies for the social post that read as racially discriminatory content on the Juventus Women’s Football Twitter account yesterday.
“Juventus immediately realised that the club had committed an unforgivable mistake, and this mistake has seriously hurt the feelings of all people who oppose racial discrimination.
“For such a mistake, the club assumes full responsibility for the occurrence of the incident and its serious impact.
“Opposing racial discrimination and supporting the common development of multiple cultures are the principles that Juventus as a club has always adhered to and continues to put into practice.
“Juventus acknowledges this mistake, and the club will make the most profound reflection and thorough review to prevent similar things from happening again.”
Juventus’ initial apology read: “We sincerely apologise that our tweet, which was not meant to cause controversy or have any racial undertones, may have offended anyone.
“Juventus has always been against racism and discrimination.