Women's England football team star under fire for blacking up as Whoopi Goldberg from Sister Act at squad party (and she's a member of campaign to REMOVE racism from sport)

  • England Forward Toni Duggan posed for the photograph in Cyprus
  • Appeared on picture sharing network Instagram but has since been removed
  • The 22-year-old is also leading ambassador for the Kick It Out campaign
  • Player speaks at schools for movement which aims to stop racism in sport

By Tara Brady

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A women's England football team star who is also a member of a campaign group fighting to stop racism in sport has been forced to apologise after blacking up as Whoopi Goldberg in the film Sister act.

England Forward Toni Duggan posed for the photograph in Cyprus at a squad party wearing a nun's habit and her face heavily-made up.

It later appeared on the photograph sharing network Instagram but has since been removed.

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Toni Duggan has been forced to apologise after blacking up as Whoopi Goldberg from Sister Act at a party

Toni Duggan has been forced to apologise after blacking up as Whoopi Goldberg from Sister Act at a party

The 22-year-old Manchester City women's player is also a leading ambassador for the Kick It Out campaign which aims to stop racism in sport. 

The player often speaks at schools and colleges about the campaign.

 

Manchester City players Steph Houghton, 25, and Jill Scott, 27, also appear in the photograph dressed as characters from Disney's 101 Dalmatians. 

However, within hours of the photograph being posted online people took to Twitter to criticise the footballer's decision to black her face up.

One person tweeted: 'There aren't enough white people to dress up as?'

Under fire: The 22-year-old Manchester City Women's player is also a leading ambassador for the Kick It Out campaign

Under fire: The 22-year-old Manchester City Women's player is also a leading ambassador for the Kick It Out campaign

The shamed footballer later told The Mirror: 'I am very sorry for my actions and for any offence I may have caused.

'I would like to apologise wholeheartedly to England, my club and anyone else that I may have offended.

'I am proud to be a Next 20 ambassador for Kick It Out and take this role very seriously for an organisation that does such good work.'

Toni Duggan (centre) celebrates goal with Anita Asante (left) during the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 match between England and Russia

Toni Duggan (centre) celebrates goal with Anita Asante (left) during the UEFA Women's EURO 2013 match between England and Russia

A spokesperson for England's women's side said it was aware of the photographs and that the matter was being dealt with internally. 

A key player for the England youth teams in recent years, Duggan made her senior team debut in the European Championship qualifier against Croatia in September 2012.

She is expected to play today in Cyprus against Italy.

The comments below have been moderated in advance.

I'm offended by the people who are offended by the people that were offended about this supposedly offensive fancy dress party. Can I have some compensation now please, it's given me back ache and I can only walk round the golf course a couple of times a week now?

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This rubbish has to STOP. Famous people can be any colour.

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Why does the DM have to encourage the political correctness cretins. This was not racist. She should have not apologised.

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This is getting to the point where we won't be able to wear black shoes anymore! What on earth has she done wrong, what sort of moron would find this in any way racist, it isn't, pure and simple. We need to get a grip on this NOW as it is getting stupidly out of hand!!!

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What about the dog was he upset !!

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The only reason I am upset with Toni Duggan is for the fact that she apologised to these racial bigots

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Personally I think it is racist to think that dressing up as Whoopie Goldberg is racist. If you want to imitate or compliment Whoopie by emulating her it would be racist to depict her as white.

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More rubbish from the over-sensitive's. Those who were offended need to realise they are the ones giving things like this the power so that it can be used to offend.

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Never mind. The sun will probably still rise tomorrow, or it will rain maybe,. Who cares?

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it's called dressing up having fun , they do it all the time in films, clowns, ladies and some gents wear make up nick named war paint !!!! it doesn't mean we're off to war!!!

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