Tranmere Rovers have released a statement reacting to media coverage of James Norwood’s decision to use black body paint as part of his costume for the club’s Christmas party.
The striker posted a photo on Instagram in which he was dressed as a street salesman.
This provoked a number of comments from users of the social media outlet condemning the photos.
Norwood also reacted to tweets criticising his decision saying “What’s racist about it, pal? Seen plenty of Kamara, Mr T and a couple of Hollywood films do it”
And a spokesman for anti-discrimination charity Kick it Out described Norwood’s decision to wear the costume as “ill-thought out”.
The spokesman said “Although it is likely it was a well-intended fancy dress for a Christmas party, it is ill-thought-out and something that is out-of-date in today’s modern world,” a spokesman from the charity said.
“Even well-intended acts may cause offence and that’s something players have to appreciate and consider.”
On Thursday Tranmere released a statement praising Kick it Out for their comment on the situation and confirmed that their players had been booked on a PFA Equality and Diversity workshop that is taking place on Thursday.
Norwood also apologised for his decision in the statement.
It read “The Club is aware of media coverage relating to a fancy dress costume worn by James Norwood at the players’ Christmas party last weekend.
James Norwood said: “I would like to apologise for any offence I have caused, it was certainly not intentional.”
A Club spokesman added: “The response to James’ photo from a Kick It Out spokesman was balanced and fair. It was an error of judgement rather than an intention to be racist or cause offence and James has apologised for his actions.
“The squad were booked on to a PFA Equality and Diversity workshop on Tuesday which they are taking part in today.
“The Club will be making no further comment.”
Article: Mark Carruthers