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Lukaku Receives Racial Abuse As He Scores Again In Serie A

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Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku was racially abused by Cagliari
fans as he scored from the penalty spot to give his club a 2-1 victory
in Serie A.

He is the latest black player to suffer abuse from Cagliari fans, prompting calls for action to be taken.

Lukaku, 26, stood and stared at fans behind the goal – where monkey chants had come from – after scoring.

“Cagliari have history for this,” said European football’s anti-discrimination body Fare.

The
fans’ actions were condemned by Inter defender Milan Skriniar in a
post-match interview. “There are things that must not be in football,”
he said, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

However, when
Inter boss Antonio Conte was asked about the chants, he said: “I really
didn’t hear anything from the bench. However, it is true that in general
in Italy more education is needed.”

Belgium international
Lukaku, a £74m signing from Manchester United in the summer, was playing
in his second game for Conte’s side at Cagliari’s Sardegna Arena.

Last season Everton’s Moise Kean suffered similar abuse when playing against Cagliari for Juventus.

But
the incident became a bigger issue when Juventus boss Massimiliano
Allegri and defender Leonardo Bonucci appeared to suggest Kean should
take some of the blame for the way he celebrated scoring a goal.

Serie A decided not to sanction Cagliari for their fans’ racism – despite admitting their actions were “reprehensible”.

The
previous year Cagliari fans were called out after abusing another
Juventus player in Blaise Matuidi – but Italian football chiefs did not
take any action.

In 2017, Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari
walked off the pitch after being racially abused by Cagliari fans – but
was subsequently banned by football authorities for his protest.

Cagliari was heavily criticised on its social media channels but the club has not yet addressed Sunday’s abuse.

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