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Romelu Lukaku: Inter Milan striker racially abused in Cagliari game

Romelu Lukaku scores for Inter Milan at Cagliari
Lukaku scored the winning goal for Inter at Cagliari

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku was racially abused by Cagliari fans as he scored from the penalty spot to give his club a 2-1 victory in Serie A.

He is the latest black player to suffer abuse from Cagliari fans, prompting calls for action to be taken.

Lukaku, 26, stood and stared at fans behind the goal - where monkey chants had come from - after scoring.

"Cagliari have history for this," said European football's anti-discrimination body Fare.external-link

The fans' actions were condemned by Inter defender Milan Skriniar in a post-match interview. "There are things that must not be in football," he said, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport.external-link

However, when Inter boss Antonio Conte was asked about the chants, he said: "I really didn't hear anything from the bench. However, it is true that in general in Italy more education is needed."

Belgium international Lukaku, a £74m signing from Manchester United in the summer, was playing in his second game for Conte's side at Cagliari's Sardegna Arena.

Last season Everton's Moise Kean suffered similar abuse when playing against Cagliari for Juventus. But the incident became a bigger issue when Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri and defender Leonardo Bonucci appeared to suggest Kean should take some of the blame for the way he celebrated scoring a goal.

Serie A decided not to sanction Cagliari for their fans' racism - despite admitting their actions were "reprehensible".

The previous year Cagliari fans were called out after abusing another Juventus player in Blaise Matuidi - but Italian football chiefs did not take any action.

In 2017, Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari walked off the pitch after being racially abused by Cagliari fans - but was subsequently banned by football authorities for his protest.

Cagliari was heavily criticised on its social media channels but the club has not yet addressed Sunday's abuse.

Line-ups

Cagliari

Formation 3-5-2

  • 90Olsen
  • 19PisacaneBooked at 71minsSubstituted forCastroat 75'minutes
  • 23CeppitelliBooked at 68mins
  • 15Klavan
  • 18NándezBooked at 88mins
  • 6Rog
  • 4NainggolanBooked at 60minsSubstituted forCigariniat 85'minutes
  • 21IonitaBooked at 76mins
  • 33Pellegrini
  • 9CerriSubstituted forSimeoneat 45'minutes
  • 10Geraldino dos Santos Galvão

Substitutes

  • 1Bittencourt Pinheiro
  • 2Pinna
  • 3Mattiello
  • 8Cigarini
  • 14Birsa
  • 17Oliva
  • 20Aresti
  • 22Lykogiannis
  • 26Ragatzu
  • 29Castro
  • 56Romagna
  • 99Simeone

Inter Milan

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Handanovic
  • 33D'Ambrosio
  • 13RanocchiaBooked at 86mins
  • 37Skriniar
  • 87CandrevaSubstituted forGodínat 79'minutes
  • 8VecinoSubstituted forBarellaat 69'minutes
  • 77BrozovicBooked at 21mins
  • 12Sensi
  • 18AsamoahBooked at 45mins
  • 9Lukaku
  • 10MartínezSubstituted forPolitanoat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Godín
  • 5Gagliardini
  • 11Sánchez
  • 16Politano
  • 19Lazaro
  • 20Valero
  • 21Dimarco
  • 23Barella
  • 27Padelli
  • 30Esposito
  • 46Berni
  • 95Bastoni
Referee:
Fabio Maresca
Attendance:
16,412

Match Stats

Home TeamCagliariAway TeamInter Milan
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home8
Away9
Shots on Target
Home2
Away5
Corners
Home5
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away10

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Cagliari 1, Inter Milan 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Cagliari 1, Inter Milan 2.

  3. Post update

    Corner, Inter Milan. Conceded by Luca Ceppitelli.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Diego Godín.

  5. Post update

    Danilo D'Ambrosio (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Artur Ionita (Cagliari).

  7. Post update

    Corner, Cagliari. Conceded by Andrea Ranocchia.

  8. Post update

    Attempt saved. Matteo Politano (Inter Milan) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Romelu Lukaku with a headed pass.

  9. Post update

    Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Artur Ionita (Cagliari).

  11. Post update

    Offside, Inter Milan. Nicolò Barella tries a through ball, but Danilo D'Ambrosio is caught offside.

  12. Booking

    Nahitan Nández (Cagliari) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Matteo Politano (Inter Milan) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Nahitan Nández (Cagliari).

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Kwadwo Asamoah (Inter Milan) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Stefano Sensi.

  16. Booking

    Andrea Ranocchia (Inter Milan) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Post update

    Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Artur Ionita (Cagliari).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Cagliari. Luca Cigarini replaces Radja Nainggolan.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Inter Milan) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Matteo Politano.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Sunday 1st September 2019

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Inter Milan22006156
2Juventus22005326
3Torino22005326
4Lazio21104134
5Genoa21105414
6Bologna21102114
7Hellas Verona21102114
8Sassuolo21015323
9Parma21013213
10Napoli21017703
11Atalanta21015503
12Brescia21011103
13AC Milan21011103
14Udinese210123-13
15Roma20204402
16Fiorentina200246-20
17SPAL200224-20
18Cagliari200213-20
19Lecce200205-50
20Sampdoria200217-60
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