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A Soccer Team Was Photographed In Blackface For A Surprising Reason

A German soccer team posted a photo on Facebook showing members with black skin in support of a teammate who suffered a racially motivated attack.

By Grant Suneson | March 31, 2016

Usually, when someone is photographed in blackface, it sparks immediate backlash. But one German soccer team is being praised for altering its players' skin color.

Lower-division German team Deinster SV posted this team photo, featuring players with digitally darkened skin to show solidarity with a black player who was reportedly assaulted over the weekend.

The team's coach said Deinster SV player and Sudanese refugee Emad Babiker was verbally and physically assaulted on Easter. 

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The team posted the photo in response, saying that a adding the hashtag #unitedwestand.

There’s a growing anti-refugee sentiment in Germany. In March, far-right party Alternative for Germany, or AfD, made huge gains in regional elections on an anti-refugee platform.

While Deinster SV admitted some people weren’t fans of showing players in blackface, a spokesman said, "This has nothing to do with racism. We just wanted to show solidarity." 

This video includes images from Facebook / Deinster SV and Getty Images.

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