Romelu Lukaku Brilliantly Responds To Racist Abuse During Cagliari Game
Romelu Lukaku was abused by Cagliari fans during their game with his Inter side on Sunday night and now the striker has brilliantly responded on social media, calling for more action.
The Cagliari fans, who have history with racially abusing opposition players, were heard making monkey noises before and after Lukaku stepped up to take a penalty that would prove to be the match winner.
Lukaku didn't mention the racism in any post match interviews, deciding to focus on the game, but has now come out strongly against the abuse he and other players have suffered, posting on Instagram.
The incident was the second one this year that Cagliari fans had been involved with in and one of several in the last few years that the same team have abused opposition players.
Earlier this year fans made similar chants towards then Juventus forward Moise Kean and the striker responded by scoring and goading the home fans.
Serie A referred to the behaviour of the Cagliari fans as 'reprehensible' but didn't punish the team or the fans, whilst Kean's own teammate Leonardo Bonucci laid some of the blame for the incident on Kean.
Fortunately there wasn't the same issue for Lukaku with Inter centre back Milan Skriniar gesturing to the home fans to 'shush' before saying, "I heard things that I think should not exist in football, so I told the Cagliari fans to shut up. But now we don't think about it," after the match.
The match itself saw Lukaku score his second in two games for his new club and his penalty handed Antonio Conte's team all three points and took them top of the table.
Speaking to Inter TV after the match the former Chelsea striker was very happy to start with life with the Nerazzurri saying, "I'm very happy about these first two League victories and about tonight's success.
"It was a tough match, we had to fight but that's what we'll have to do in every game, I'm happy for the team and for our fans.
"To score wearing this shirt is a great feeling, I want to help the team even more, through assists too: the goal is to continue like this."
Recently there's been lots of reports of racist abuse on social media towards players in the Premier League and Lukaku is spot on, it's time that fans behaved better and that federations and social media companies did more to protect those who are abused and punish vile people involved.