Juventus apologise for racist picture on Women's Twitter account

Juventus issued an apology after deleting a tweet showing a picture of one of their players making a racist gesture on Thursday.

The official Juventus Women's account posted an image of Cecilia Salvai making an offensive slant-eye gesture with a cone on her head on what appears to be a training field.

Juve soon deleted the tweet after a raft of negative feedback.

"We sincerely apologise that our tweet, which was not meant to cause controversy or have any racial undertones, may have offended anyone," a follow-up post read on the Women's team's account.

"Juventus has always been against racism and discrimination. #DifferencesMakeTheDifference."

On Friday, Juve released a second statement on their official website which read: "We would like to express our deepest apologies for the social post that read as racially discriminatory content on the Juventus Women's Football Twitter account yesterday.

"Juventus immediately realised that the club had committed an unforgivable mistake, and this mistake has seriously hurt the feelings of all people who oppose racial discrimination.

"For such a mistake, the club assumes full responsibility for the occurrence of the incident and its serious impact. Opposing racial discrimination and supporting the common development of multiple cultures are the principles that Juventus as a club has always adhered to and continues to put into practice.

"Juventus acknowledges this mistake, and the Club will make the most profound reflection and thorough review to prevent similar things from happening again."

Juventus women are the reigning Serie A champions, having won the previous four titles.