Australian Football Players Don Blackface, Dress Up As Venus And Serena Williams

Beau Grundy and two of his Penguin teammates dressed up as American tennis sisters Venus and Serena Williams and Kenyan-born Sydney defender Aliir Aliir

The photo was taken as part of the Mad Monday celebrations - which, no, doesn't inspire one to go mad and momentarily forget that blackface is offensive and awful, but rather commemorate the end of the AFL's current season.

Three amateur football players have caused outrage by blacking themselves up as the Williams sisters and a prominent Aussie rules player.

Beau Grundy, pictured with two other players from the Tasmanian Penguins Football Club, shared the offensive photo on Facebook. Grundy was impersonating Kenyan-born athlete Aliir, who plays Australian rules for the Sydney Swans.

Aliir (Sudanese player) struck the pose after Serena Williams called the US Open final umpire Carlos Ramos, a "thief".

Australian Penguin Football Club members Mitch Stanley and Matt Chamberlain were pictured wearing white tennis skirts, black wigs and black body paint, and holding tennis rackets.

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After a backlash on social media, Grundy removed the photos from his Facebook page.

Speaking with Australia's Special Broadcasting Service (SBS), an Australian Football League spokesperson said individual football clubs are responsible for participating in Mad Day celebrations, marking the end of the season.

"The Penguin Football Club would like it acknowledged that it is unacceptable in this day and age that three players would consider dressing for a Mad Monday as they did", the statement read. "We will be working with the league and club to get more information and to see how we can assist in providing education to the players". "Let this team know what you think about the latest display of repulsive racism. Disgusting. They should be stood down immediately and permanently.Unless you support racists".

Many said it was overtly racist, but in an article published on The Herald Sun website, Knight defended his work and said he was "amazed" it had received such a strong reaction. A photo of the trio was posted in the, which has over 120,000 followers, but the picture was quickly deleted. In 2011, the Qantas air line was forced to apologize for a promotion in which it encouraged two fans to dress in blackface and fake wigs to meet Fijian-born Australian rugby player Radike Samo at an worldwide match in Brisbane.

The incident follows the controversy surrounding Australian newspaper The Herald Sun's mean-spirited crusade against Serena Williams after the American's outburst at the 2018 US Open final.

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