Belgium and Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku made a plea to football federations and social media platforms on Monday to do more to fight racism after he was subjected to racist abuse in Sunday’s 2-1 Serie A victory at Cagliari.
The former Manchester United striker appeared to be the target of monkey chants from the home crowd at the Sardegna Arena – the same venue where former Juventus forward Moise Kean was also abused – as he prepared to take the decisive penalty.
Several black players have suffered online racist abuse in recent weeks, including United’s Paul Pogba and Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Kurt Zouma.
Lukaku lamented the lack of action despite years of complaints.
“Many players in the last month have suffered from racial abuse. I did yesterday too,” Lukaku said on Instagram. “Football is a game to be enjoyed and we shouldn’t accept any form of discrimination that will put our game in shame.