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Outrage as Australian athletes 'black up' as Serena & Venus

OUTRAGE: Mitch Stanley, Beau Grundy and Matt Chamberlain

AUSTRALIA'S PENGUIN Football Club has issued an apology after a photo of three players wearing blackface and tennis skirts to imitate Venus and Serena Williams was shared online.

The photo includes athletes Mitch Stanley and Matt Chamberlain dressed up as the Williams sisters and Beau Grundy as AlIir in blackface. The offensive image was uploaded to a public social media page, according to People magazine.

Since going viral, many have called out the club, highlighting racism in Australia. “Just when you thought we could relax because Australia at least hasn’t had a blackface situation for a while…. along comes Tasmania to save the day,” radio host Michelle Hunder tweeted Tuesday.

Another Twitter user said: “@PenguinTwoBlue do you have a comment about the players in your team wearing ‘black-face’ ..? Disgusting. They should be stood down immediately and permanently. Unless you support racists? Let this team know what you think about the latest display of repulsive racism.”

The Tasmanian club posted on the their website: “The Penguin Football Club were not aware that three of our players intended to dress in this manner and the incident did not happen at our facilities."

“It was not their intention to upset anyone and all they meant to do was dress as one of their sporting idols. Their actions were never intended to be racist in any way.”

The Penguin Football Club noted those involved had been reprimanded and “will be given support to make sure they understand that their behavior was racist and hurtful and that it will not happen again.

“The players concerned have acknowledged that what they did was completely and utterly unacceptable and would like to apologize unreservedly for their lack of judgment… Sometimes players make mistakes and for that we apologize,” the statement concluded.

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