“We’re actually sorry you thought that what occurred in Cagliari was racist,” the group stated.
“It’s important to perceive that Italy is just not like many different north European nations the place racism is a REAL drawback. We perceive that it might have appeared racist to you, however it isn’t like that.”
‘Type of respect’
Within the wake of the abuse directed at Lukaku, the 26-year-old posted on Instagram that soccer was “going backwards.”
After scoring from the penalty spot, the striker stood and stared on the followers behind the purpose — the place the chants had originated from — whereas teammate Milan Skriniar was seen placing his fingers to his lips to the Cagliari followers.
However in accordance with the submit from the “Curva Nord” — which has no official affiliation with Inter — the abuse leveled at Lukaku was merely a manner of the Cagliari followers making an attempt to place off a participant they respect.
“In Italy we use some ‘methods’ solely to ‘assist our groups’ and to attempt to make our opponents nervous, not for racism however to mess them up,” the group claimed.
“We’re a multi ethnic followers group and we have now all the time welcomed gamers from all over the place. Nonetheless, we have now all the time used that ‘manner’ with different groups’ gamers previously and we most likely will sooner or later.
“We aren’t racist and so are usually not the Cagliari followers.
“It’s important to perceive that in all Italian stadiums folks cheer for his or her groups however on the identical time they use to cheer in opposition to the opponents not for racism however to ‘assist’ their very own crew.
“Please contemplate this perspective of Italian followers as a type of respect for the actual fact they’re afraid of you for the targets you would possibly rating in opposition to their groups and never as a result of they hate you or they’re racist.”
This isn’t the primary time an opposition participant has been subjected to racist abuse whereas enjoying on the Sardegna Enviornment.
Earlier this yr, Everton ahead Moise Kean was racially abused by Cagliari followers whereas enjoying for Juventus.
In 2018, Blaise Matuidi was subjected to monkey chants whereas enjoying at Cagliari for Juventus and two years in the past, Pescara midfielder Sulley Muntari walked off the pitch after being racially abused by Cagliari followers and was banned by soccer authorities for his protest.
The “Curva Nord” assertion added that by talking out in opposition to racism, Lukaku is creating an issue that isn’t there.
“If you declare that racism is an issue to be fought in Italy you simply assist the repression in opposition to all soccer followers together with us and also you contribute to create an issue that isn’t actually there, not in the best way that’s perceived in different nations,” the submit stated.
“We’re very delicate and inclusive with all folks. We assure you that in our group there are various followers of various races or followers coming from different elements of Italy that additionally use this methods to impress their opponents even when the have the identical races or are coming from the identical areas.
“Please assist us to make clear what racism actually is and that Italian followers are usually not racist.
“The combat to REAL racism has to start in faculties not within the stadiums, followers are simply followers and so they behave in numerous methods when contained in the stadium versus when they’re in actual life.
“I assure you that what they do or say to an opponent participant of one other race is just not what they might ever say to somebody they might meet in actual life.”