Footbal social justice organization Common Goal has hit out at the racism scandal surrounding Inter striker Romelu Lukaku’s racist abuse at the hands of Juventus fans yesterday evening and subsequent sending-off.
Tweeting in response to the the incident, the organization strongly condemned the racist abuse and the way in which it was handled, with the 29-year-old Nerazzurri striker sent off following a goal celebration in which he looked to “silence” the fans.
Lukaku was sent off towards the end of yesterday’s Coppa Italia semifinal first leg match for a goal celebration that was deemed to be inciting the crowd.
This came after the Belgian international was the target of racist chants from some Juventus supporters.
Referee Davide Massa issued a yellow card for the celebration, and since the Inter striker was already on a booking, he was given his marching order.
Inter coach Simone Inzaghi suggested that it was all a “misunderstanding” as Lukaku’s celebration was the same one he uses for all goals.
However, it has been reported that the chances of Inter winning an appeal to have the striker’s suspension for the second leg rescinded would be “almost impossible,” whilst Referee-Designator Gianluca Rocchi reportedly backs Massa and feels that it was the correct decision.
The Nerazzurri striker has also received the public support of Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe among other fellow professional footballers.
Common Goal have also weighed in, writing “Can someone make it make sense, please? Romelu Lukaku – subjected to racist abuse from Juventus fans – scores and celebrates in his usual fashion and is then given a second yellow and sent off in last night’s Coppa Italia semi-final.”
“For too long there have been calls for real punishments for racism in football and for too long they have been ignored. It is abundantly clear there isn’t enough being done to combat racism in the game.”
“Last night was by no means the first instance of racial abuse in the Italian league and, sadly, racism in football has made headlines throughout the world this year, with attacks against Vini Junior exemplifying the work football still needs to do.”
“As long as we continue down a path of empty words and meaningless fines, it is a plague that will continue to cast a shadow over the game.”
“The whole world of football – from clubs to federations to fans – needs to take racism in the game seriously. The burden shouldn’t fall solely on those subjected to racist abuse to stop it.”
Can someone make it make sense, please?
Romelu Lukaku – subjected to racist abuse from Juventus fans – scores and celebrates in his usual fashion and is then given a second yellow and sent off in last night’s Coppa Italia semi-final.
— Common Goal (@CommonGoalOrg) April 5, 2023