But on Wednesday, Aurora Desio director Alessandro Crisafulli told CNN that following criticism from black communities and organizations inside and outside Italy, the players will only have two black marks on their faces.
“We will paint two black fingermarks on the cheeks as a sign that we’re all brothers and that the color of the skin doesn’t matter,” Crisafulli told CNN.
During a match on Saturday, the mother of an opposing player shouted “shit n*****” at the Aurora Desio player, according to the club, which posted an account on Facebook.
The club said several adults heard the racist abuse.
In a letter addressed to, among others, Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora and the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) and posted on Facebook, Aurora Desio said it “wanted to publicly denounce this shame … to the national and local authorities, to the FIGC, to local and national media, so that we can team up against this disgusting phenomenon.”
The club also called on the opposing team, Sovicese, to “condemn every form of racism,” demanding an investigation into the incident.
Aurora Desio said it would refuse to play with Sovicese until the mother responsible for the racist abuse was identified and barred from attending matches.