Disgusting backlash to stars’ innocent Instagram post

Racist abuse sent to Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies and his girlfriend has been slammed by the club’s president and other parts of the football world.

Davies’ partner Jordyn Huitema is also a professional footballer who plays for Paris Saint-Germain and a picture she uploaded of the couple to Instagram in August received horrific comments.

Sickening messages referring to the colour of Davies’ skin were left on the photo of the Ghana-born star, 20, and his 19-year-old girlfriend of three years.

The image of the football stars, who have both represented Canada, on holiday in Ibiza attracted over 14,000 comments and last week both Davis and Huitema highlighted the “disgusting” nature of many of them.

Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer told German publication Bild: “Our club stands for cosmopolitanism. The racist hostility will not be tolerated by us in any way.

“We founded the ‘Red Against Racism’ initiative some time ago, which we practice very actively throughout the club in all sports and areas.

“Exclusion, discrimination, hatred and violence in every form have no place in our world.

“No matter where you come from — football offers us all a home. Football has the power to connect people. As FC Bayern we always want to contribute to this.”

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Davies — whose parents are from Liberia — shared the image from his holiday with Huitema to his 3.2 million Instagram followers and said: “These are the type of comments that are being put under my girlfriend’s pictures, also in her DMs and mine. This is absolutely disgusting.”

Huitema also drew the abuse to the attention of her one million followers by screenshotting some examples and saying: “We will never see the good in the world if all we see is the colour of each other’s skin. We are all part of one race, the human race.”

Canada Soccer released a statement saying they were “disappointed and appalled with the hateful comments”.

It read: “Canada Soccer stands firm against racism and discrimination of any kind both in the game and within all of our communities around the world.

“We are both disappointed and appalled with the hateful comments recently made to members of our National Teams through social media.

“Share love not hate and work together for a better world. #NoToRacism.”

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Davies’ Bayern Munich teammate Jerome Boateng also panned the abuse and said: “I’m totally disgusted.”

On Monday, Davies posted a photo of himself wearing a ‘Red Against Racism’ shirt on Twitter, supporting his club’s campaign.

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This article first appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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