Luciano Passirani was talking on High Calcio 24 concerning the Inter Milan striker when he commented: “Lukaku is likely one of the strongest, I like him so much as a result of he has power: he’s the alter ego of [Duvan] Zapata at Atalanta.
“They’ve one thing greater than the others, there’s nothing else to do. They rating the objectives and drag your staff ahead,” he added.
“In the event you go one-on-one with him, he’ll kill you. Both you give him 10 bananas to eat, or …”
That prompted program director Fabio Ravezzani to say Passirani “may now not take part in our broadcasts” regardless of him being “the primary to apologize.”
“One in every of our commentators, in attempting to outline Lukaku’s power by way of a collection of compliments, sadly selected a really dangerous metaphor that turned out to be racist,” mentioned Ravezzani.
“We can’t tolerate that, even unintentionally, an individual who speaks for hours makes racist feedback.”
Extra racist episodes
Lukaku, who was signed from Manchester United this summer season, has already scored two objectives in three video games for Inter Milan.
“Soccer is a recreation to be loved by everybody and we should not settle for any type of discrimination that may put our recreation in disgrace. I hope the soccer federations throughout [the] world react strongly on all circumstances of discrimination.”
However an open letter from the fan group “Curva Nord,” posted on its Fb web page, claimed the Cagliari followers have been displaying Lukaku a type of “respect” and that Italy would not have an issue with racism.
“We’re actually sorry you thought that what occurred in Cagliari was racist,” the group mentioned.
“You need to perceive that Italy will not be like many different north European nations the place racism is a REAL downside. We perceive that it may have appeared racist to you, however it’s not like that.”
12 arrested for blackmailing membership
In the meantime, Italian police have arrested 12 Juventus ultras who have been reportedly blackmailing the soccer membership after it determined to withdraw a collection of privileges to them, based on Italian police.
The suspects, who belong to fringe hooligan teams resembling Drughi, Tradizione-Antichi Valori, Viking, Nuclei 1985, and Quelli … di by way of Filadelfia, are accused of legal affiliation, aggravated extortion, cash laundering and violence, police mentioned.
The hardcore followers reportedly sang racist chants with the aim of blackmailing Juventus. The membership could be hit by heavy fines in the event that they did not give the ultras cheaper blocks of tickets that they might resell to different followers, based on police chief Carlo Ambra.
Final 12 months, Juventus reported the ultras to police and collaborated all through the investigation, police added.