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    Will Cagliari Go Unpunished Again after Monkey Chants at Lukaku?

    The former Manchester United striker made it two goals in two games since joining the Serie A side in the 2-1 win over Cagliari. But his 72nd-minute spot kick was totally overshadowed by the horrendous racist abuse directed at him in the run up.
    After slotting the spot kick in to the bottom right corner of the goal, the 26-year-old striker did not celebrate.
    Instead he glared at the fans shouting vile taunts in his direction. Antonio Conte said supporters in Italy must “improve” after Romelu Lukaku was subjected to racist chants during Inter Milan’s victory at Cagliari.

    The Belgium international striker, who moved to Italy from Manchester United in the summer, scored the winner from the penalty spot with 20 minutes remaining.

    However, Lukaku was subjected to clearly audible monkey chants from large sections of the crowd as he stepped up to the spot.

    The striker stared out the fans after scoring, after becoming the latest player to be targeted by the Sardinian club’s fans.

    Everton new boy Moise Kean suffered similar when he played with Juventus last term, but Cagliari escaped punishment after the Italian Football Federation declared the chants had “an objectively limited relevance”.

    Previously Blaise Matuidi and Sulley Muntari have both suffered racist abuse at the Sardegna Arena, and while Serie A were quick to take down shared videos on social media of match footage highlighting the issue on Sunday night, they have shown little determination to clamp down on Cagliari in previous years.

    The Inter defender, Martin Skriniar could be seen after Lukaku’s goal telling Cagliari fans to be quiet and he told Sport Mediaset: “I heard things that I think should not exist in football, so I told the Cagliari fans to shut up.

    Reacting to the development, Conte said: “I can’t comment on the episode because I did not hear it.

    “Having said that, we need to improve a great deal in Italy and be more respectful to people who are working, in general.

    “When I was working abroad, the fans would cheer on their own team, not spend their entire time insulting the opponent.”

    Respected Italian journalist Matteo Bonetti said: “Astonishing behaviour from group of Cagliari fans! “Once again racist monkey chants as Lukaku goes to take a penalty.
    “That’s one season removed from Moise Kean incident. Something has to be done about this.”

    <blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Astonishing behavior from group of Cagliari fans!!!!! Once again racist monkey chants as Lukaku goes to take a penalty. That’s one season removed from Moise Kean incident. Something HAS TO BE DONE ABOUT THIS</p>&mdash; Matteo Bonetti (@TheCalcioGuy) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheCalcioGuy/status/1168256925424914432?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 1, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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