Inter have released a statement condemning the racial abuse that targetted striker Romelu Lukaku yesterday during the Nerazzurri’s 1-1 draw against Juventus in the semi-final first leg of the Coppa Italia.
Lukaku was racially abused by Juve fans during and after the game and the Belgian had shushed those chants after he scored a penalty to equalise for the side. But he was sent off for the celebration and was left fuming. Later, there were more red cards once the game ended and scuffles ensued.
Inter have now released a statement, supporting their striker and stating that the racist chants against him yesterday have no place in the game today.
They stated: “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.”
The statement further said: “Stay strong Rom, we stand with you!”
Juventus are yet to condemn the abuse that was made against Lukaku, with a video emerging that clearly indicated the fact that the Belgian was racially abused after the game by some fans whose faces have been captured in the video.
Kaustubh Pandey | GIFN