Romelu Lukaku has been targeted by racists after Inter Milan was defeated by Manchester City in the Champions League final. Black Monkey has been trending online after Manchester City achieved a historic milestone by securing their first-ever Champions League title after beating Inter Milan 1-0 at Istanbul’s Ataturk Olympic Stadium
Lukaku entered the game in the second half when his team was already losing by 1-0. The lone goal was scored by Rodrigo who blocked Federico Dimarco’s header in front of the goal and afterward netted the ball.
Rodrigo’s goal in the second half implied Pep Guardiola’s team would win the Champions League for the first time in their history. However, the game was marred after the final whistle when racial slurs were made in response to some of Romelu Lukaku’s earlier Instagram posts about his performance.
Pictures of gorillas were uploaded by internet users to mock him. He was accused of becoming a “culture of defeat” and told to retire and go back to the jungle to eat watermelon.
Romelu Lukaku had earlier discussed the issue of racism in football. In an interview with The Mirror a few days ago, the football star stated that things need to change at the top of clubs, countries, and the game.
“I think you need more diversity in positions of power, at the top. That’s where you need to start, that’s where we need to have diversity. People of colour, put them at the top of every boardroom. And that’s when the change will start,” he said.
He further continued;
“That’s why, for example, in our Belgian federation, that’s where they started, they’re trying to put in people of colour, different sexualities and stuff like that. So that every situation that can happen, whether it is racial or any other form or type of discrimination, can be attacked straight away.”
“If you put people of different colours in positions of power, I think things would get taken care of much faster than now.”
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