Black Italian Rugby Player Cherif Traore Calls Out Teammates For ‘Racist’ Secret Santa Gift

A Black Italian rugby participant mentioned Wednesday {that a} Secret Santa present change turned offensive when teammates gave him a rotten banana.

Cherif Traore, a 28-year-old prop for Benetton Treviso, wrote that he anonymously acquired the current in a trash bag throughout a Christmas dinner with different gamers.

“Apart from finding it an offensive gesture, what hurt me the most was to see that most of my teammates who were present were laughing. As if it was all normal,” he mentioned, per Reuters.

“I haven’t slept all night,” he continued.

Cherif Traore

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In an English translation of his Instagram put up in regards to the incident (see under), Traore, who initially hails from Guinea however has lived in Italy since age 7, mentioned he doesn’t usually reply to “racist jokes” to maintain the peace.

“I have decided not to remain silent this time to ensure that episodes like this don’t happen again to prevent other people finding themselves in my current situation in the future,” he wrote in Italian. “And hoping the sender will learn a lesson.”

The United Rugby Championship has ordered Benetton to launch a full investigation and punish these accountable, the Guardian reported.

Benetton Rugby informed Reuters it condemns discrimination and that it gathered members of the rugby union squad to apologize to Traore. Traore accepted the apologies, the Related Press reported.

On Wednesday, Benetton Rugby posted a video of Traore, with a tweet that mentioned his teammates understood their mistake.

Traore has additionally performed for Italy’s nationwide staff.

Bigoted habits towards Black athletes in Italy has reportedly been rampant in its hottest sport, soccer. It’s additionally an issue in volleyball and basketball.

Cherif Traore's entry about the incident, translated into English on Instagram.
Cherif Traore’s entry in regards to the incident, translated into English on Instagram.