Serie A’s disciplinary judge says he needs more evidence before deciding if Cagliari should be punished for the racist chants aimed at Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku. Because video and post-match comments are obviously not enough,.
League judge Gerardo Mastrandrea did not even mention the word ‘racist’ in his weekly report, referring only to ‘chants that were the subject of news articles and TV reports.’
Lukaku converted Inter’s winning penalty kick against Cagliari on Sunday and then glared at home fans behind the goal as they directed monkey chants at him.
The 26-year-old hit back on Instagram earlier this week to let his feelings be known on Monday afternoon.
He wrote: ‘Many players in the last month have suffered from racial abuse. I did yesterday too. Football is a game to be enjoyed by everyone and we shouldn’t accept any form of discrimination that will put our game in shame.
‘I hope the football federations all over the world react strongly on all cases of discrimination!!!
‘Social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook…) need to work better as well with football clubs because every day you see at least a racist comment under a post of a person or colour… we’ve been saying it for years and still no action…
‘Ladies and gentlemen it’s 2019. Instead of going forward we’re going backwards and I think as players we need to unify and make a statement on this matter to keep this game clean and enjoyable for everyone.’
Everton forward Moise Kean was also subject to racist abuse when he played against Cagliari for Juventus last season, as was Blaise Matuidi the year before.
The Italian league did not sanction Cagliari for either incident, nor did they do so when Sulley Muntari was abused by the same team’s fans in 2017.