Cagliari say they are giving Inter striker Romelu Lukaku their ‘full support’ but have defended their fans from ‘outrageous accusations and silly stereotypes’.
Inter beat Cagliari 2-1 at the Sardegna Arena last night, but the match was marred by Lukaku being racially abused by a group of home supporters as he went up to take a penalty.
Rossoblu supporters are fast gaining a reputation for discriminatory behaviour, having also targeted Moise Kean and Blaise Matuidi in the recent past.
In an official statement, the club made it clear they were committed to ‘annihilating one of the worst plagues’ but also that they rejected their fans being generalised as racists.
“Cagliari Calcio firmly distances themselves from the despicable events that took place on Sunday night at the Sardegna Arena during the game versus Inter,” it read.
“The Club underline – once again – its intention to identify, isolate and ban those ignorant individuals, whose shameful actions and behaviours are completely against those values that Cagliari Calcio strongly promotes in all their initiatives. Every single day.
“Cagliari-Inter was the right occasion to appreciate and enjoy positive cheer, never addressed against anybody.
“Cagliari Calcio does not want to underplay what occurred last night, endorses the respectable moral values of its people from all the stadium sections, but firmly rejects the outrageous accusations and silly stereotypes addressed to Cagliari supporters and the Sardinian people, which are absolutely unacceptable.”
Not sure what Cagliari hoped to accomplish here by apologizing and then starting to walkaway from the apology. Especially when these kind of racist chants have been heard at Cagliari for almost an decade now as this timeline shows>
- Oct 2010: Eto’o responded to racist chants from Cagliari fans by scoring in Inter’s 1-0 win.
- Apr 2017: Cagliari fans racially abused Muntari
- Jan 2018: Matuidi abused in Cagliari.
- Apr 2019: Cagliari fans racially abused Moise Kean.
- Sep 2019: Lukaku racially abused in Cagliari.
It has to stop and a stadium ban is not enough. Force Cagliari to plan their matches away from home and deduct 20 points. That will get their action and might finally force the club to take action.