Juventus are working with police to “determine these accountable” after Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku was racially abused throughout Tuesday evening’s Coppa Italia semi-final first leg.
The Belgium ahead was proven a second yellow card for his celebrations in entrance of the house followers after changing a stoppage-time penalty to earn Inter a 1-1 attract Turin, with Lukaku then subjected to abuse from the stands.
A chaotic finish to the Allianz Stadium encounter ensued as scuffles broke out between each units of gamers, leading to Inter captain Samir Handanovic and Juve midfielder Juan Cuadrado being despatched off after the ultimate whistle.
An announcement from the Turin membership on Wednesday learn: “Juventus Soccer Membership, as at all times, are collaborating with the police to determine these accountable for the racist gestures and chants which occurred final evening.”
Lukaku was proven a second yellow card for his celebrations in entrance of the Juve residence followers
In a press release launched late on Tuesday, US primarily based sports activities company Roc Nation – which represents Lukaku – demanded Juventus apologise to the striker.
“Tonight’s racist remarks made in direction of Romelu Lukaku by Juventus followers in Turin have been past despicable and can’t be accepted,” Roc Nation Sports activities Worldwide president Michael Yormark mentioned.
“Earlier than, throughout, and after the penalty, he was subjected to hostile and disgusting racist abuse. Romelu celebrated in the identical method he has beforehand celebrated objectives. The referee’s response was to award a yellow card to Romelu.
“The Italian authorities should use this chance to deal with racism, somewhat than punish the sufferer of the abuse.”
Lukaku, on mortgage at Inter from Chelsea, was additionally the goal of offensive chants in 2019, which he condemned in a social media submit on the time.
Lukaku has scored 5 objectives in 20 Inter appearances this season
“Historical past repeats… Been by way of it in 2019.. and 2023 once more..,” Lukaku mentioned in a submit on Instagram on Wednesday.
“I hope the league actually take actions for actual this time as a result of this stunning recreation ought to be loved by everybody…”
Inter additionally reiterated their stance towards racism and expressed their assist for Lukaku.
“We need to firmly reiterate that we stand united towards racism and all types of discrimination,” a press release learn.
“Soccer and sport should not solely be a spot for emotion but in addition for clear and shared values, and what we noticed final evening within the ultimate minutes of the Juventus vs Inter Coppa Italia semi-final in Turin has no place in our sport.
“For this reason we reiterate our assist, affection and solidarity to Romelu Lukaku, simply because the world of soccer is doing from throughout because the incident.
“Keep sturdy Rom, we stand with you!”
Racism has been a long-running drawback in Italian soccer and authorities have been criticised for not taking sturdy sufficient motion.
On Wednesday, Serie A put out a press release condemning racism, including, “Golf equipment, as they’ve at all times performed, will determine the responsible people and ban them from their respective services for all times.”
The league didn’t identify Lukaku of their assertion.