Romelu Lukaku was on the receiving finish of vile racist abuse as he scored Inter Milan’s equaliser in opposition to their bitter rivals Juventus on Tuesday night time – earlier than being shockingly proven a second yellow card for his celebration.
The Belgian who’s on mortgage from Chelsea, netted from the penalty spot within the fifth minute of stoppage time, salvaging a 1-1 draw within the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final conflict.
Monkey noises although had been heard coming from Juventus supporters behind the aim earlier than and after he took the penalty, in addition to the Italian equal chants of ‘f*** off’ and ‘f***ing monkey’.
After netting the penalty, Lukaku put his finger to his lips which his representatives Roc Nation Sports activities Worldwide insisted was a standard a part of his celebration. Lukaku was additionally seen mouthing one thing in direction of the Juventus followers, with Soccer Italia reporting him to say ‘muto’ – an Italian equal of telling somebody to close up.
To the shock of many, the referee determined to dish out a second yellow card to Lukaku believing this his celebration was provocative.
Monkey noises had been reportedly heard from Juventus followers as Romelu Lukaku took his penalty
After tucking away the penalty, Lukaku celebrated by placing his finger to his mouth within the path of Juventus followers – although his representatives stated this can be a regular celebration
Lukaku although might be seen mouthing one thing within the path of the Juventus supporters
Lukaku was then proven a second yellow card by referee Davide Massa for his celebrations
Roc Nation in a press release have condemned the ‘despicable’ racist insults from followers in opposition to the striker, saying he was despatched off ‘to punish the sufferer of abuse’.
The assertion made by president Michael Yormack stated: ‘Tonight’s racist remarks made in direction of Romelu Lukaku by Juventus followers in Turin had been past despicable and can’t be accepted.
‘Romelu scored a penalty late within the sport. Earlier than, throughout, and after the penalty, he was subjected to hostile and disgusting racist abuse.
‘Romelu celebrated in the identical method he has beforehand celebrated targets. The referee’s response was to award a yellow card to Romelu.
‘Romelu deserves an apology from Juventus, and I anticipate the League to sentence the behaviour of this group of Juventus supporters instantly.
‘The Italian authorities should use this chance to sort out racism, moderately than punish the sufferer of the abuse.
‘I’m sure that the footballing world shares the identical sentiment.’
Roc Nation have condemned the ‘despicable’ chanting in direction of their participant Lukaku
Lukaku and Juan Cuadrado each exchanged phrases within the aftermath of Lukaku’s crimson card
The on-loan striker from Chelsea was visibly pissed off as he walked off the pitch
After what had largely been an uneventful match, issues heated up after Juan Cuadrado’s 83rd minute aim was cancelled out by Lukaku.
Following the Belgian’s crimson card for a second yellow, he was then concerned in a shoving match with Juventus scorer Cuadrado.
Cuadrado was then concerned in one other dispute after the ultimate whistle with Inter Milan keeper Samir Handanovic – which led to each males additionally receiving crimson playing cards.
Gamers from each groups acquired concerned the scenario threatened to show right into a scuffle between these in Inter Milan and Juventus colors.
Inter Milan boss Simeone Inzaghi stated that he hoped Lukaku’s yellow card can be rescinded.
After the ultimate whistle, Cuadrado and Inter keeper Samir Handanovic had been each despatched off following a scuffle
Inzaghi identified how Ademola Lookman had a yellow card rescinded after the Atlanta ahead was bizarrely booked for his trademark glasses celebration in a sport in opposition to Udinese again in October.
‘There will probably be photographs and I hope this yellow card will probably be revoked, because it occurred with [Ademola] Lookman, Lukaku all the time celebrates like this,’ argued Inzaghi.
‘The lad was misunderstood, he acquired a second yellow card and was despatched off. The tip wasn’t good. Now I solely assume that I’ve misplaced Lukaku and Samir Handanovic for the second leg, two necessary gamers for us.’
Juventus boss Max Allegri stated concerning the chaotic ending: ‘I don’t know what occurred on the finish of the sport, as a result of after the penalty kick, it was throughout. It appeared unusual to me that nothing had occurred in the course of the sport.’
The scenario on the finish of the match calmed down, however they’re on account of meet once more within the second leg on April 26 on the San Siro.