Cagliari escape punishment for racial abuse of Romelu Lukaku after fans directed monkey noises

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Cagliari escape punishment for racial abuse of Romelu Lukaku after fans directed monkey noises at striker in clash with Inter Milan

  • Cagliari supporters were filmed racially abusing Romelu Lukaku during game 
  • Striker was preparing to take penalty and bombarded by monkey chants 
  • But Cagliari have escaped sanction from governing body for actions of fans 

Cagliari have not been punished for the racial abuse of Romelu Lukaku after fans directed monkey chants at the Inter Milan striker.  

In the Serie A fixture on September 1, Lukaku stepped up to score the penalty that would ensure his side a 2-1 victory and was subjected to vile abuse. 

After scoring he stood still and stared at those who had make the noises but the Sardinian club have not been sanctioned.  

Romelu Lukaku was racially abused at Cagliari as he prepared to take a penalty

Romelu Lukaku was racially abused at Cagliari as he prepared to take a penalty 

The explanation given by the governing body is that the nature of the chants were not deemed to be ‘discriminatory’. 

The Giudice Sportivo panel ruled on Tuesday that the noises were not considered offensive in terms of ‘size and real perception’. 

To add insult to injury, Cagliari were in fact fined £4,430 for throwing plastic bottles onto the pitch against Parma.  

This is now the third occasion that Cagliari have escaped punishment for racial abuse of an opposing player, with the other incidents taking place against Moise Kean and Blaise Matuidi. 

Hellas Verona also escaped punishment despite evidence that AC Milan midfielder was subjected to racial abuse at the Marc’Antonio Bentegodi on Sunday. 

Lukaku answered his abusers in emphatic style by scoring the winner against their side

Lukaku answered his abusers in emphatic style by scoring the winner against their side

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