Romelu Lukaku has called on his fellow players to unite against racism after being subjected to shocking abuse in Inter Milan’s win over Cagliari on Sunday.
The Belgian, who left Manchester United to join Antonio Conte’s side for £73m this summer, scored a 72nd-minute penalty to earn Inter a 2-1 victory at the Sardegna Arena.
And Cagliari supporters reacted despicably, aiming vile monkey chants at Lukaku following his match-winning strike.
Unfortunately Sunday’s incident was not an anomaly; the striker’s former United team-mates Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford, along with Chelsea star Tammy Abraham, have also been targeted with racial abuse on social media in recent weeks.
Lukaku believes “we’re going backwards” in the fight against racism, urging the football federations and his fellow players to help put an end to the issue.
In a picture posted on Twitter with the caption #SayNoToRacism, Lukaku said: “Many players in the last month have suffered from racial abuse.”
“I did yesterday too. Football is a game to be enjoyed by everyone and we shouldn’t accept any form of discrimination that will put our game in shame.”
“I hope the football federations all over world react strongly on all cases of discrimination!!!”
“Social media platforms (instagram, Twitter, Facebook..) need to work better as well with football clubs because everyday you see at least a racist comment under a post of a person of colour.. we’ve been saying it for years and still no action…”
“Ladies and gentleman it’s 2019 instead of going forward we’re going backwards and i think as players we need unify and make a statement on this matter to keep this game clean and enjoyable for everyone”.
Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma also received racial abuse online following his own goal against Sheffield United over the weekend, and Blues boss Frank Lampard feels social-media companies need to change their registration policies.
Last month, Twitter agreed to meet clubs and campaigning organisations to show the “proactive work” they are doing to combat abuse.
Source: Daily Star
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