Romelu Lukaku received a red card after quieting Juventus fans who targeted him with racial abuse in the first leg of Tuesday’s Coppa Italia semifinal.The Belgian striker posted about the episode on Instagram: “Been through it in 2019.. and 2023 again..I hope the league really take actions for real this time because this beautiful game should be enjoyed by everyone… Thank you for the supportive messages. F— racism.”
According to Michael Yormark, president of Roc Nation Sports International – Romelu Lukaku’s representatives, “Tonight’s racist remarks made towards Romelu Lukaku by Juventus fans in Turin were beyond despicable and cannot be accepted.
“Before, during, and after the penalty, he was subjected to hostile and disgusting racist abuse. Romelu celebrated in the same manner he has previously celebrated goals. The referee’s response was to award a yellow card to Romelu.
“The Italian authorities must use this opportunity to tackle racism, rather than punish the victim of the abuse.