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Racism in football has been taken a notch higher and this time around it’s not in Germany where it’s prone. Italy fans have decided to let the racism ego take over and control their football feelings and reactions.

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

Romelu Lukaku was racially abused before and after his penalty, the winner in Inter's 2-1 win
Image: Lukaku scored a winning penalty against Cagliari

This is what Inter manager Antonio Conte had to say said after the game:

“I really didn’t hear anything from the bench. However, it is true that in general in Italy more education is needed. I have also heard [Laziager] (Carlo) Ancelotti complain about the constant insults received on certain pitches. When you are abroad there is more respect, the fans think only of supporting their team.”

The Italian league’s disciplinary panel later decided not to take action against the club. Lukaku – who joined Inter Milan from Manchester United this summer for £73m – is the latest in a series of high-profile players to be targeted this season.

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during the Serie A match between FC Internazionale and US Lecce at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on August 26, 2019 in Milan, Italy.
Image:Lukaku is yet to comment on the racist abuse he suffered while playing against Cagliari

This is coming at a time when Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma was also subjected to racist abuse on Twitter after his own goal in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United over the weekend.

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Last month his teammate, striker Tammy Abraham, was targeted after missing a penalty In Chelsea’s UEFA Super Cup defeat to Liverpool.

A number of Premier League and English Football League (EFL) players have had racist comments directed at them online since the 2019/20 campaign began, including Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford and Derby County’s Duane Holmes.

Reading midfielder Yakou Meite was also subjected to racial abuse after he missed a 91st-minute penalty in a 3-0 win over Cardiff in the Championship on Sunday.

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham vowed to “silence the haters” after being targeted online after missing a penalty against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup final last Wednesday in Istanbul, Turkey.

England women’s coach Phil Neville called for a six-month social media boycott by footballers in response to a rise in online racist abuse of players.

“I’ve lost total faith in whoever runs these social media departments, so I just wonder whether now as a football community, in terms of really sending a powerful message, is: come off social media,” he said.

“Six months – let’s come off social media. Let’s see the effect that it has on these social media companies, whether they’re really going to do something about it.” added 

Anti-discrimination campaign group Kick It Out said:

“The latest round of fixtures have again seen unwarranted and vile racist abuse sent to players. The number of posts such as these since the start of the season further highlights how discriminatory abuse online is out of control. Without immediate and the strongest possible action, these cowardly acts will continue to grow.”


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Edward Genesis is a writer and commentator on politics, social fraud, Soccer, Human Interest stories and News. Follow him on Facebook & Twitter @EKmwanzo ✉ emwanzo20@gmail.com

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