Cagliari fans were making monkey noises directed towards Romelu Lukaku
He stepped up to score the winning penalty to make it 2-1 Inter Milan on Sunday
Lukaku is just the latest in a long line of footballers to be racially abused
Everton’s Moise Kean was racially abused by some of the same fans last season
Kean was subjected to the racist abuse while playing for his old club Juventus
Romelu Lukaku has become the latest footballing star to receive vile racist abuse from opposing fans – with Serie A side Cagliari the guilty party once again following their despicable act towards Everton new boy Moise Kean during his time as a Juventus player just a few months ago.
Playing for Inter Milan after leaving Manchester United this summer, Lukaku scored the winning penalty in a 2-1 victory at Cagliari on Sunday.
As he stepped up to take the spot-kick, some Cagliari fans could be heard making monkey noises at him from behind the goal.
Romelu Lukaku suffered racist abuse at the hands of Cagliari fans as he played for Inter Milan
Lukaku scored the winning penalty and stared at the section of the crowd abusing him
After converting the penalty, Lukaku simply stared at those who had been making the noises, as his team-mates rushed to congratulate him.
Following the match, Lukaku wasn’t asked by Inter Milan’s in-house TV channel about the incident – despite the clearly audible and sad scenes.
However, his team-mate Milan Skriniar – who was seen putting his fingers to his lips to the Cagliari fans – did air his disappointment. ‘There are things that must not be in football, but unfortunately there are almost always still,’ he said.
After Sunday’s incident involving Lukaku, Inter boss Antonio Conte addressed the issues in a press conference.
‘I really didn’t hear anything from the bench. However, it is true that in general in Italy more education is needed. I think that in Italy we must improve a lot and be more educated and respectful towards those doing their job.
‘In other countries you support the team, you don’t insult the opposition like this. There must be the maximum respect.’
Went to Cagliari vs Inter. Pretty clear racist chants #Lukaku pic.twitter.com/9sLXZJXSbx
— Rob Taylor (@KingShola4ever) September 1, 2019
Cagliari faced no punishment from Serie A after their fans racially abused Moise Kean
Everton’s new signing Kean suffered similar abuse playing for Juventus against Cagliari at the same stadium in April.
After scoring he held out his arms to the fans who had abused him. The teenager stood at the post, his arms aloft in response to the chants in the stands.
Juventus players, led by captain Giorgio Chiellini, protested to referee Piero Giacomelli, who was also in conversation with both managers.
Cagliari skipper Luca Ceppitelli went over to the fans behind the goal, appealing for the chants to stop, while France midfielder Blaise Matuidi appeared to gesture to manager Massimiliano Allegri he should take his players off.
A fan video showed fans clearly making racist noises towards the Inter Milan striker
Lukaku’s team-mate Milan Skriniar was seen putting his fingers to his lips to the Cagliari fans
Samuel Eto’o was also abused by Cagliari fans going back as far as 2010 in Serie A
Blaise Matuidi was also the subject of abuse when playing for Juventus in January 2018
Sulley Muntari wasn’t happy with the abuse he received from the same fans back in 2017
Cagliari did not receive any punishment from Serie A, which suggested that the chants had an ‘objectively limited relevance’. Serie A also took six weeks to announce their decision.
Sadly, several high profile racism incidents involving Cagliari fans have been recorded going back as far as 2010.
Samuel Eto’o, Sulley Muntari, and Blaise Matuidi were all also abused when playing against the Sardinian club.
Lukaku’s second-half penalty saw Conte make it two wins from two at the start of the season as they now sit top of Serie A on six points after two rounds along with Torino and champions Juventus.
Lukaku’s second-half penalty turned out to be the winning goal in a 2-1 win for Inter Milan
Lukaku is just the latest in a long line of high profile racist abuse cases this year
Lautaro Martinez opened the scoring in the 27th minute before the hosts levelled through Joao Pedro five minutes after the break.
Lukaku netted his second goal in two games when he converted a penalty after Stefano Sensi was tripped with 20 minutes remaining.
Conte’s side welcome Udinese to San Siro in their next league fixture after the international break.