An Ultra group from Inter’s Curva Nord have released a statement defending Cagliari fans for their vile racist abuse against Romelu Lukaku, astonishingly telling the Belgium international that they’re ‘sorry you thought it was racism’.
The fans’ statement, which was initally shared in Italian and English on the Facebook fan group L’urlo della Nord, insisted that Cagliari’s audible monkey chants were actually not a form of racism and even claimed that the country doesn’t have a ‘real’ problem with racism – despite evidence to the contrary.
The statement, as widely shared across social media, even told Lukaku to “consider this attitude of Italian fans as a form of respect”, stressing more than once that Cagliari’s fans are not racist.
This is a statement released by @Inter_en ultras the #CurvaNord about the racism @RomeluLukaku9 was the victim of.
It begins with the words “we’re really sorry you thought what happened in Cagliari was racist.”
Anyone still wonder why I’m proud to never have set foot there?
— Nima Tavallaey Roodsari (@NimaTavRood) September 3, 2019
There have been a handful of ?high-profile racist incidents with Cagliari’s fans over the last few years alone, with Everton’s teenage star Moise Kean a victim of their abuse just a few months ago – an incident for which