Kylian Mbappe throws support behind Romelu Lukaku after he suffers racist abuse against Juventus
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Kylian Mbappe has thrown his support behind Romelu Lukaku after he suffered sickening racist abuse in Inter Milan's cup tie at Juventus on Tuesday.
Lukaku scored his side's equalising goal against Juventus, but was then sent off after he celebrated in front of the home fans, who had been abusing him throughout the game.
His second yellow card resulted in Juan Cuadrado and Samir Handanovic also being shown a red card as the Coppa Italia semi-final first-leg clash descended into chaos.
After the game, Lukaku took to social media to voice his concerns over the racism in Italy as he pleaded with the league to 'really take action'.
On social media, he wrote: "History repeats itself. Been through it in 2019... and 2023 again.
"I hope the league really take action for real this time because this beautiful game should be enjoyed by everyone. F*ck racism."
Lukaku has the backing of Paris Saint-Germain Mbappe, who shared his fellow forward's Instagram post on his story, accompanied with the caption: "2023 and still the same problems. But we're not going to let you. All against racism."
Inter also released a statement condemning the racist abuse their striker endured in Turin.
"We are brothers and sisters of the world. Since 9 March 1908 this has been our story," the club's statement reads.
"We want to firmly reiterate that we stand united against racism and all forms of discrimination.
"Football and sport must not only be a place for emotion but also for clear and shared values, and what we saw last night in the final minutes of the Juventus vs Inter Coppa Italia semi-final in Turin has no place in our sport.
"This is why we reiterate our support, affection and solidarity to Romelu Lukaku, just as the world of football is doing from all over since the incident.
"Stay strong Rom, we stand with you!"
Inter and Juventus meet in the semi-final second-leg on April 26.