Dundee United footballer Jamie Robson has apologized for blacking up & # 39; as an African salesman for a theme party earlier this month, where the club confirms that he has been disciplined for his actions.
The 20-year-old left behind placed a picture of himself dressed as a stereotypical African who sells fake products in tourist hotspots.
The photo caused outrage on social media with suggestions that he was at risk of losing his job. After an investigation, the Scottish club revealed Wednesday in a statement that the player was reprimanded regarding the incident.
Jamie Robson of Dundee United has darkened after & # 39; & # 39; apologized for a recent theme party
Left back Robson (center) will be supported in 2017 with Show Racism The Red Card & # 39;
The club confirmed on their official website: & # 39; Dundee United can confirm that Jamie Robson has been disciplined earlier this month in connection with his actions at a player's social event.
& # 39; As a club we have high standards regarding the behavior and actions of our employees, and on this occasion Jamie did not meet these expected standards. Dundee United is also fully committed to promoting equality and appreciating diversity.
& # 39; The actions of the player were potentially offensive and with the support of the club he will follow some diversity and inclusion training. & # 39;
The defender was seen with two boards, one with 'cheap as chips & # 39 ;, while the other & # 39; buy 5 gets 1 free & # 39; says. In the image he has painted his face black, he wears a black leggings and he has an umbrella hat and a vest.
He was in trouble before a clip came out in which he drank drunk glass while he was driving
After the club's investigation, Robson apologized for the offensive photo in which he described his actions as & # 39; naïve & # 39 ;.
He said in the club's statement: "I fully accept the naivety of my actions and see that my actions do not meet what a professional footballer expects. As soon as I became aware that I could insult, I immediately took action and removed both the make-up and the costume.
I would like to apologize for any violation I have caused, and I have also apologized to the club for failing to meet the expected standards. & # 39;
Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson confirmed on Monday that the investigation had begun after the emergence of the image.
He said: & # 39; I spoke to him briefly. The standards at this football club must be kept at the highest level. We will chat with him again later and the club will handle it in-house.
& # 39; We are a big football club and we get a lot of exposure. The players, the staff and everyone connected with it must realize that.
& # 39; If you are out and doing different things, you represent the club and the fans. So we will deal with it in the next few days. & # 39;
Robbie Neilson confirmed that they had talked to the player about his behavior outside the field
The embarrassing incident occurred just months after Robson and his teammates had seen signs that supported the "Show Racism The Red Card" campaign.
When Tuesday morning a comment was asked, a Show Racism spokesperson told The Red Card Scotland: "Dundee United FC has always been a strong supporter of our campaign and we have always had the full support of the club.
& # 39; We have visited the club every year to deliver anti-racism work with young people with players from the club who repeat massages of anti-racism. We have confidence in Dundee United as a club to handle the matter in the right way and we will help with any kind of training for players if they deem it necessary. & # 39;
It is not the first time Robson has been in hot water. A year ago, the defender was called in for calls after a Snapchat video clip showed him drinking from a pint glass while driving.
No further action was taken against him after the club said they were satisfied that the drink was not alcoholic.
The controversy over Robson's attire is coming at a time when the topic of racism in football is a huge issue.
The latest incident only comes a few days after Raheem Sterling was allegedly being abused in a racist manner
Last weekend, Chelsea Football Club and the Metropolitan Police opened an investigation into Raheem Sterling's allegedly racist abuse in Manchester City.
Four supporters have since been suspended to attend the club's matches, while Sterling confirmed to officers that he had been abused racially.
The talented England international was interviewed Sunday by members of the Metropolitan Police, who traveled north as part of their research.
And the English star confirmed that he had heard racist insults and other foul language when he went to get a ball for a corner at the Matthew Harding stand.
Sterling, who had the ill-treatment on his 24th birthday before he celebrated his family on Sunday, seemed to confirm this in Instagram earlier in the day.
TV footage seemed to be the man in the blue jacket Sterling a & # 39; f ****** black c *** & # 39; to name
& # 39; Good morning. I just want to say that I'm not normally the person to talk a lot, but if I think I need my point to be heard, I'll pronounce it, "he said.
& # 39; About what was said in the Chelsea game, as you can see from my reaction, I just had to laugh because I did not expect better. & # 39;
Sterling also said that he believed that black players and white players were not being treated equally by the media, including the Daily Mail and Mail Online, and that he believes this helps "fuel racism and aggressive behavior."
LEAVE RACISM THE RED MAP SCOTLAND – COMPLETE STATEMENT
Show racism the red card has commented on the practice of blackface in the history of educational charitable life and has never seen anyone or group as "racist". but has always tried to explain why such practices may be offensive, regardless of the intention.
The use of blackface is, however, an outdated practice which is rarely observed nowadays, which shows that public opinion has long since advanced and that gross caricatures of black people in contemporary Britain must be considered unacceptable.
The practice of blackface has always had the potential to offend, but in the past there was no social voice for those who would find it offensive.
In 2018, the consequences of the practice are rather than the intention that is relevant; What does Blackface say to people and young people about the acceptance and normality of different skin colors in society? Show racism the red card would claim that these practices are caricatures and represent or enchant differences that could lead to discrimination.
Dundee United FC has always been a strong supporter of our campaign and we have always had the full support of the club. We have visited the club every year to deliver anti-racism with young people with players from the club attending mass movements against racism. We have confidence in Dundee United as a club to handle the matter in the right way and we will help with any kind of training for players if they deem it necessary.