Romelu Lukaku: Inter Milan striker says football is going backwards on racism

Romelu Lukaku has demanded immediate further action be taken to tackle racism in football and says”we are going backwards” with this problem.
The striker was subjected throughout Inter Milan’s 2-1 Serie A win over Cagliari.
The chants can be heard before and after the striker scored a penalty until he looked towards the Cagliari supporters to win the match in the 72nd minute.
When playing the Sardinian club Blaise Matuidi, moise Kean and Sulley Muntari have suffered abuse.
Cagliari escaped punishment following the abuse to Kean following the Italian Soccer Federation mastered the chants had”restricted importance and perception”.
“Many players in the past month have suffered from racial abuse. I’d yesterday too,” Lukaku said in an Instagram post on Monday.
“Football is a sport to be loved by everyone and we should not accept any form of discrimination that will put our game .
“I hope the soccer federations all around the world respond strongly on all cases of discrimination!
“Social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) have to work better as well with football clubs as each day you visit at least a racist comment under a post of a person of colour.
“We have been saying it for many years and no action.
“Ladies and gentlemen it’s 2019. Instead of going forward we’re going backward and that I think as players we want [to] unify and make a statement on this matter to help keep this match clean and enjoyable for everyone.”
In response to this racist chanting, an announcement released by Cagliari read:”Cagliari Calcio firmly rejects what happened Sunday night in the Sardegna Arena throughout the game versus Inter Milan.
“The Club underlines – once again – its intention to identify, isolate and prohibit those ignorant individuals whose black actions and behaviours are entirely against these values that Cagliari Calcio strongly promotes in each of their own endeavors. Each and every moment.
“Cagliari vs Inter Milan has been the ideal occasion to love and enjoy positive cheer, never dealt against anybody: in fact within our”Curva Futura” – the very first dedicated industry in Italy constructed to host children – both Inter Milan and also Cagliari fans enjoyed a lovely evening together in the title of their passion for football.
“Cagliari Calcio doesn’t want to underplay what occurred last night, supports the commendable moral worth of its people from all the stadium sections, but firmly rejects the eccentric bill and silly stereotypes addressed to Cagliari fans and the majority of people, which can be totally unacceptable.
“Total solidarity to Romelu Lukaku and even stronger commitment toward annihilating one of the worst plagues that affects football and our planet generally.
“However, as we are aware that technology is not enough, we believe our dedication needs a true support from the remainder of the football stakeholders: beginning from all the true fans, to each of the stewards in the stands, from police and security agents, passing into media and also during Lega Serie A and FIGC.
“Cagliari Calcio is requesting you a good help to acquire a battle that involves everyone. No one excluded.”
Inter boss Antonio Conte stated following the match:”I actually did not hear anything in the bench. But, it’s true that generally in Italy more instruction is needed.”
The former Chelsea head coach added:”I have also heard [Carlo] Ancelotti whine about the constant insults obtained on particular pitches. Whenever you’re abroad there’s more regard, the fans think only of encouraging their staff.”

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