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Report: Lukaku faces racial abuse in Italy

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Romelu Lukaku faced racial abuse during his latest game in Italy.

There has been plenty of talk in recent days of players still facing racial abuse in 2019.

The platform of choice has been social media, where those offenders, hide their identity behind a computer screen.

According to BBC.co.uk, in yesterdays game between Cagliari and Inter Milan, Romelu Lukaku faced racial abuse from the stands.

As Romelu Lukaku scored another goal for Inter Milan, the player was subjected to vulgarities and chants mimicking monkey noises.


Lukaku did what he did best, and put the ball in the back of the net. His response to the hate-filled crowd was to simply stand and stare.

European football’s anti-discrimination body Fare said:

“Cagliari have history for this.” 

Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar added:

“There are things that must not be in football.”

His manager Antonio Conte, was not surprised but claimed he did not hear it, he said:

“I really didn’t hear anything from the bench. However, it is true that in general in Italy more education is needed.”

Cagliari was accused of similar behaviour last season and the year before when they played Juventus. This time the abuse was directed at Moise Kean, who has since transferred to Everton and Blaise Matuidi.

While Cagliari are repeat offenders, Serie A and the Italian Football Federation have taken no action against the team.

The abuse has brought widespread condemnation from across the footballing world.

The call is for a stern punishment against the club, who have apparently done little to stop such reprehensible behaviour that is becoming commonplace at their stadium.

CAGLIARI, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 01: Romelu Lukaku of Inter celebrates his goal 1-2 during the Serie A match between Cagliari Calcio and FC Internazionale at Sardegna Arena on September 1, 2019 in Cagliari, Italy. (Photo by Enrico Locci/Getty Images)