A section of this Inter Milan ultras team’Curva Nord’ have insisted the monkey chants aimed at Romelu Lukaku by Cagliari lovers were not intended to be racist.
After he had been abused during Sunday’s 2-1 win lukaku, who signed up in Manchester United for Inter last month, required immediate action from the soccer authorities.
A team referred to as’L’Urlo Della Nord’ say Lukaku”must know” that – at Italy – lovers have”ways only to help our teams and also to attempt to produce opponents nervous” – and they do not believe them to be displaced.
In an announcement on Facebook, the group said:”Hello Romelu, we are writing you on behalf of Curva Nord, yes the men who welcomed you at your birth in Milan. We are really sorry you thought that what happened in Cagliari was racist.
“You have to understand that Italy is not like a number of other north European nations where racism is a real problem. We understand that it could have seemed racist to you but it’s not like this.
“In Italy we use some”ways” simply to”help our teams” and to try to make our opponents nervous, maybe not for racism but to mess up them.
“We’re a multi-ethnic buffs business and we have consistently welcomed players from anyplace. However, we have consistently used that’manner’ previously with other teams’ players and we will in the future.
“We are not racist and so are not the Cagliari fans.”
The statement went on to argue that the fight against racism shouldn’t start in soccer stadiums but in schools, and that fans behave differently in stadiums than at the world.
On Tuesday, the Italian league’s disciplinary judge claims he had more proof before making a decision if Cagliari ought to be punished for the chants, which judge Gerardo Mastrandrea did not refer to as”racist” in his weekly report.
Lukaku transformed the winning penalty in the match, and then as they directed the monkey chants in 27, glared at home fans behind the goal of Inter.
Everton forward Moise Kean was also subject to racist abuse as was Blaise Matuidi the year earlier when he played against Cagliari for Juventus last year.
The league did not sanction Cagliari for either incident, nor did they perform once the supporters of exactly the same team abused Sulley Muntari in 2017.
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