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Revealed Wednesday, September 4, 2019 8:56AM EDT
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MILAN — A group of Inter Milan “ultra” followers have written a social media publish saying monkey chants at soccer matches will not be meant to be racist.
The group posted a press release on its Fb web page after Cagliari supporters racially abused Inter striker Romelu Lukaku.
“We understand that it could have seemed racist to you, but it is not like that. In Italy we use some ‘ways’ only to ‘help our teams’ and to try to make our opponents nervous, not for racism but to mess them up,” the fan group “L’Urlo della Nord” — translated to “Scream of the North” — mentioned late Tuesday.
“We have always used that ‘way’ with other teams’ players in the past and we probably will in the future. We are not racist and so are not the Cagliari fans.”
Lukaku transformed Inter’s profitable penalty kick towards Cagliari on Sunday after which glared at residence followers behind the purpose as they directed monkey chants at him.
The fan assertion caught the attention of former Chelsea and present Istanbul Basaksehir ahead Demba Ba.
“And here’s the reason why I decided not to play there when I could,” Ba wrote of Serie A. “And at that point I wish all the black players would get out of this league!”
Lukaku referred to as on soccer authorities and social media corporations to do extra to fight racism.
In the meantime, the Italian league’s disciplinary choose mentioned he wants extra proof earlier than deciding if Cagliari ought to be punished for the racist chants.
League choose Gerardo Mastrandrea didn’t even point out the phrase “racist” in his weekly report Tuesday, referring solely to “chants that were the subject of news articles and TV reports.”
Cagliari followers have a historical past of racism, with Moise Kean, Blaise Matuidi and Sulley Muntari every subjected to offensive chants after they performed towards Cagliari in latest seasons.
The Italian league didn’t sanction the Sardinian membership for any of these incidents.