Serie A Confirm Cagliari Will Not Face Punishment For The Racist Chanting Aimed At Romelu Lukaku
Cagliari have avoided punishment for racially abusing Romelu Lukaku after fans aimed monkey chants at the Inter Milan striker during their Serie A fixture.
Lukaku was subjected to vile racist abuse as he stepped up to take a penalty in their meeting on September 1.
The Italian football federation vowed to investigate the incident after the international break but the Giudice Sportivo panel have failed to take action against Cagliari, claiming the nature of the chants were not deemed to be "discriminatory".
The noises were not considered offensive in terms of "size and real perception" per the panel.
BREAKING: Serie A have confirmed once again that Cagliari will not face punishment for the racist chanting aimed at Inter's Romelu Lukaku pic.twitter.com/pgzv6ltbsb
- Andrew Cesare (@AndrewCesare) September 17, 2019
This is the third time Cagliari have escaped punishment for racially abusing an opposing player in two years after they directed derogatory chants at Moise Kean and Blaise Matuidi
The club, though, did receive a €5,000 fine for throwing bottles on to the pitch and at stewards against Parma on September 15.
Lukaku has been the subject of more disgusting racist abuse, this time from a television pundit.
Italian pundit Luciano Passirani after praising Romelu Lukaku: "the only way to push him down to the floor is to throw 10 bananas at him."
The problem runs so deep in Italian football. pic.twitter.com/6e6v1Nc0J3
- Premier League Panel (@PremLeaguePanel) September 16, 2019
Speaking on TopCalcio24, Luciano Passirani said: "If you go one-on-one with him he will murder you. The only way to come up against him is maybe give him 10 bananas to eat..."
He has since been banned from appearing on the Italian television channel.
The problem runs deep in Italian football.