Luciano Passirani, a guest on an Italian football show, made the idiotic racist comments as part of bizarre praise of Lukaku’s strength.
Passirani started with some complimentary remarks in regard to the Belgian internationals immense strength.
“I don’t see in the Italian league a player like Lukaku in any team, not in AC Milan, Inter, Rome, Lazio.”
‘He’s one of the strongest and I like him a lot because he’s one of the strongest, he’s at least twice as strong as (Duvan) Zapata from Atalanta.”
“If they go one-on-one with you you’re dead, you fall to the ground.”
Then added the bizzare comments that can only be classed as idiotic and have sparked outrage.
“You’re alright if you have ten bananas to give him to eat, otherwise…”
Passirani has been condemned and banned from channel TopCalcio24 immediately.
TV station director Fabio Ravezzani came on air to apologise and confirm that Passirani’s career as far as his network was concerned was over.
Racism has been at the forefront of football recently following an upsurge in abuse through social media and in the stands.
Lukaku has become a strong advocate for change in how football handles such a problem.
“Yes, I think you have to leave a statement, of course, because it’s something we need to address.”
“Football is international, football is multicultural, so if you really want to field the best players in the world.”
“You have to make sure you receive them with open arms because they’e also willing to adapt to the culture.”
“I think it’s really important not to discriminate and just appreciate the presence they bring into the country.”
Italian pundit Luciano Passirani praises @RomeluLukaku9 saying he’s never seen a player of his quality at neither #Inter, #Milan or #Juventus before ending it with “only way to push him down to the floor is to throw 10 bananas at him.”pic.twitter.com/Nv8t8yF9aA
— Nima Tavallaey Roodsari (@NimaTavRood) September 15, 2019