Romelu Lukaku has required immediate further action be required to tackle racism in football and says”we’re going backward” with the situation.
The striker was subjected to monkey chants from the audience during the 2-1 Serie A win over Cagliari of Inter Milan on Sunday.
Even the chants could be heard before and after the striker scored a penalty before he appeared towards the Cagliari fans to win the game.
When playing against the Sardinian club Blaise Matuidi moise Kean and Sulley Muntari have suffered similar abuse.
Cagliari escaped penalty following the abuse to Kean following the Italian Soccer Federation ruled the chants had”restricted importance and perception”.
“Many players in the past month have suffered from racial abuse. I did yesterday ” Lukaku said in an Instagram post on Monday.
“Soccer is a game to be loved by everybody and we shouldn’t accept any form of discrimination that will set our game .
“I hope the football federations all around the world respond strongly on most instances of discrimination!
“Social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) need to work as well with soccer clubs because every day you visit at least a racist comment below a post of a person of colour.
“We’ve been saying it for many decades and no action.
“Ladies and gentlemen it is 2019. Instead of going forward we’re going backwards and that I believe as players we need [to] merge and make a statement with this matter to help keep this game clean and fun for everyone.”
In response to this racist chanting, an announcement released by Cagliari read:”Cagliari Calcio firmly simplifies what occurred Sunday night at the Sardegna Arena throughout the match versus Inter Milan.
“The Club underlines – once more – its intent to identify, isolate and ban those ignorant individuals whose shameful actions and behaviors are completely against those values that Cagliari Calcio strongly promotes in each of their campaigns. Every day.
“Cagliari vs Inter Milan was the ideal occasion to appreciate and revel in positive cheer, never dealt contrary to anybody: in fact inside our”Curva Futura” – the very first dedicated industry in Italy constructed to host children – both Inter Milan and also Cagliari fans enjoyed a beautiful evening together in the name of their passion for soccer.
“Cagliari Calcio doesn’t wish to underplay what happened last night, endorses the commendable moral worth of its own people from all the stadium segments, but firmly rejects the outrageous charge and absurd stereotypes addressed Cagliari supporters and the majority of people, which can be totally unacceptable.
“Total solidarity to Romelu Lukaku as well as stronger commitment toward annihilating among the worst plagues that affects football and our planet in general.
“However, as we are aware that engineering is insufficient, we think our commitment needs a real support from the remainder of the soccer stakeholders: beginning from all the true fans, to most of the stewards from the racks, from police and security agents, passing to press and as well during Lega Serie A and FIGC.
“Cagliari Calcio is requesting you all a solid support to win a battle which involves everybody. No one excluded.”
Inter boss Antonio Conte stated following the game:”I really didn’t hear anything from the seat. But, it is a fact that generally in Italy more education is needed.”
The former Chelsea head coach added:”I have also heard [Carlo] Ancelotti whine about the constant insults received on particular pitches. When you are abroad there is more respect, the fans think only of supporting their staff.”