European Football Championship 2024 – The shock of blackface in the European Championship

European Football Championship 2024 – The shock of blackface in the European Championship

It is widely known that the Dutch paint the stands orange during tournaments, but in an attempt to emulate legend and European Union champion Ruud Gullit, the orange has been replaced with brown. It is now receiving heavy criticism from several quarters, as the stunt is seen as blackface.

This is what the British newspaper reported, among other things Telegraph And Finnish Iltalehti.

CRITICIZED: The three costumed supporters were harshly criticized on social media and in the Telegraph's comments space.  Photograph: Reuters/Casper Pemble/NTB

CRITICIZED: The three costumed supporters were harshly criticized on social media and in the Telegraph's comments space. Photograph: Reuters/Casper Pemble/NTB
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These scenes occurred during the country's opening match against Slovenia, where a group of fans chose to pay tribute to former Netherlands player Ruud Gullit by painting their faces brown and wearing dark wigs. It creates resentment the next day.

The use of blackface makeup dates back to minstrel shows in the southern United States in the 19th century, where white performers applied makeup to the faces of black people to imitate and caricature African Americans.

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The famous British newspaper Telegraph He is one of those who convey criticism through social media, and summarizes in a comment:

– I am aware of Gullit's coldness. He was exceptional in Milan, but blackface is still blackface. It's disgusting and insulting, writes sports journalist Tom Morgan in the aforementioned newspaper.

Spaghetti Crack - viewed by millions

Spaghetti Crack – viewed by millions


Ruud Gullit was one of the best midfielders of his generation. He achieved great success at the Italian club AC Milan, and played to win European Championship gold with the Netherlands in 1988, where he scored one of the goals that secured the title.

During his time at Milan, he won a total of three Italian League titles and two European Cup titles. In 1987, he culminated in his career when he was named the best footballer in the world, receiving the Ballon d'Or.

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