Young Liverpool forward Rhian Brewster has told Romelu Lukaku to stay strong after the Belgian was the victim of racist abuse at the hands of bigots during a Serie A fixture between Cagliari and Inter.
Italian football has an unfortunate history when it comes to racism, with some followers of calcio not accepting black players at their clubs or the national team.
Inter’s big-money signing, Lukaku, was set to take a penalty over the weekend, but was terrorised by some fans who were emulating sounds a monkey would make.
It’s disgusting and inexcusable, but Cagliari has since issued an apology to the Belgian forward and said people inside the stadium found guilty of racist behaviour will be punished.
Lukaku has found support in players – and clubs – all over the world since the event, and Brewster is the latest to stretch his arm out.
The youngster took to social media to call the ordeal ’embarrassing’ and willing the Belgian by saying ‘we’ll win he fight one day’.
Everyday another case, so embarrassing to see another unaggravated example of racial abuse, stay strong @RomeluLukaku9. We’ll win the fight one day 👊🏾 #LetsKickRacismOutOfFootball https://t.co/1lFfe2QFie
— Rhian Brewster (@RhianBrewster9) September 3, 2019
Lukaku’s original post talks about the racist abuse some players have endured in recent months, in which he rightfully says nobody should have to accept it.
He also calls for social media platforms, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, to do better by footballers who face racism every day.