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

Romelu Lukaku has demanded immediate further actions be taken to tackle racism in football and says”we are going backwards” with this problem.
The striker was subjected on Sunday throughout Inter Milan’s 2-1 Serie A win over Cagliari.
Even the chants can be heard before and after the striker scored a penalty to win the match in the 72nd minute until he appeared towards the Cagliari supporters.
When playing the Sardinian club Blaise Matuidi moise Kean and Sulley Muntari have all suffered similar abuse.
Cagliari escaped penalty following the abuse to Kean after the Italian Soccer Federation ruled the chants had”restricted importance and perception”.
“Many players in the previous month have suffered from racial abuse. I did yesterday ” Lukaku said in an Instagram article on Monday.
“Soccer is a sport to be enjoyed by everybody and we should not accept any form of discrimination which will set our game .
“I expect the football federations all around the world react strongly on most cases of discrimination!
“Social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) need to function better as well with soccer clubs as every day you see at least a racist comment below a post of a person of color.
“We’ve been saying it for many decades and still no action.
“Ladies and gentlemen it’s 2019. Instead of going forward we’re going backward and I believe as players we want [to] unite and make a statement on this matter to keep this match clean and fun for everybody.”
In response to the racist chanting, an announcement released by Cagliari read:”Cagliari Calcio firmly simplifies what happened Sunday night in the Sardegna Arena during the game versus Inter Milan.
“The Club underlines – once again – its intent to identify, isolate and ban those dumb individuals whose black actions and behaviours are completely against these values which Cagliari Calcio strongly promotes in all their initiatives. Every single moment.
“Cagliari vs Inter Milan was the ideal occasion to love and revel in favorable cheer, never addressed contrary to anybodyin fact within our”Curva Futura” – the very first dedicated industry in Italy built to host kids – both Inter Milan and Cagliari supporters enjoyed a beautiful evening together in the title of the passion for soccer.
“Cagliari Calcio does not need to underplay what occurred last night, endorses the respectable moral worth of its own people from all of the stadium segments, but firmly rejects the eccentric charge and absurd stereotypes addressed Cagliari fans and the Sardinian individuals, which are totally unacceptable.
“Total solidarity into Romelu Lukaku as well as more profound commitment toward annihilating among the worst plagues that affects football and our planet generally.
“However, as we’re aware that technology is insufficient, we believe our dedication needs a real support by the remainder of the football stakeholders: starting from all the true supporters, to most of the stewards in the stands, from police and security agents, passing to media and also through Lega Serie A and FIGC.
“Cagliari Calcio is requesting you all a solid help to win a battle that involves everybody. No one ”
Inter manager Antonio Conte said after the match:”I actually didn’t hear anything from the bench. But, it’s correct that in general in Italy more instruction is necessary.”
The former Chelsea head coach added:”I also have heard [Carlo] Ancelotti complain about the continuous insults obtained on particular pitches. When you are abroad there’s more respect, the fans think about supporting their group.”

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