Despite being racially abused by fans of Cagliari after he scored a penalty, Inter Milan fans – the Curva Nord ultras – appear to have supported the racial abuse towards their own striker, Romelu Lukaku.
Lukaku had scored the winner via the penalty spot for Inter in the Serie A clash on Sunday, before being racially abused by the Cagliari supporters with many of them making monkey chants.
There has been significant controversy over the incident, with a judge suggesting on Tuesday that there needed to be more evidence before Cagliari could be punished for the actions of their fans.
And now Lukaku’s OWN supporters have suggested Lukaku should view the chants as a form of ‘respect’.
The incredible statement said: “We are writing you on behalf of the Curva Nord, yes, the guys who welcomed you at your arrival in Milan.
“We are really sorry you thought that what happened in Cagliari was racist. You have to understand that Italy is not like many other north European countries where racism is a REAL problem.
“We understand that it could have seemed racist to you but it is not like that. In Italy we use some ‘ways’ only to ‘help our teams’ and to try to make our opponents nervous, not for racism but to mess them up.
“We are a multi-ethnic fans organization and we have always welcomed players from everywhere.
“However, we have always used that “way” with other teams’ players in the past and we probably will in the future. We are not racist and so are not the Cagliari fans.
“You have to understand that in all Italian stadiums people cheer for their teams but at the same time they use to cheer against the opponents not for racism but to “help” their own team.
“Please consider this attitude of Italian fans as a form of respect for the fact they are afraid of you for the goals you might score against their teams and not because they hate you or they are racist.”