Connect with us

General news

Cagliari escape sanctions over Lukaku abuse

Published

on

Serie A club Cagliari again escaped sanctions over alleged racist behaviour by their fans.

This was after the league’s disciplinary tribunal decided on Tuesday not to take action over monkey noises aimed at Inter Milan’s Belgian forward Romelu Lukaku.

The tribunal said in a statement on Tuesday that “in terms of dimension and real perception”, the chants could not be considered discriminatory under the league’s disciplinary code.

“The tribunal has decided not to apply sanctions to Cagliari,” it said, referring to the incidents in the match on Sept 1.

Cagliari were, however, fined 5,000 euros ($5,530) after their fans threw plastic bottles onto the field in a 3-1 win at Parma on Sunday.

Against Inter, monkey noises could be heard from the Cagliari supporters as Lukaku stepped up to take a penalty which he converted to give his side a 2-1 win.

Lukaku said at the time that he had been a victim of racism and Cagliari called the fans’ behaviour shameful.

The tribunal said in a statement that public security officials had informed it of “chants, animal noises and jeering” towards Lukaku.

It added, however, that “these were not interpreted by the stewards nor federation delegates as discriminatory.”

The tribunal used similar arguments last season when it declined to sanction Cagliari after alleged racist insults were aimed at Moise Kean, who was playing for Juventus at the time.

In 2017, Ghanaian midfielder Sulley Muntari, playing for Pescara at the time, walked off the pitch, also complaining of racist abuse at Cagliari’s ground.

Serie A took no action against Cagliari, saying only around 10 fans were involved.

The tribunal made no mention of the alleged racist insults which media reports said were aimed at AC Milan’s Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie during a 1-0 win at Verona on Sunday.

Verona said that their fans jeered the referee but denied racism.

Italian football has been blighted by racism over the last decade. In one incident in 2013, AC Milan walked off the pitch during a friendly against a lower division side in protest at racist chanting.

In 2014, Carlo Tavecchio was elected head of the Italian Football federation (FIGC) weeks after making a comment about a fictitious African player he named Opti Poba “eating bananas”.

The FIGC cleared him of wrongdoing but he was barred from holding any position with world soccer’s governing body FIFA for six months. (Reuters/)
VO/MZA

Edited by Maharazu Ahmed

Victor Okoye: is a graduate and a professionally trained journalist, with experience in national news reporting/editing and verification at the News Agency of Nigeria. NNN is a Nigerian online news portal that publishes breaking news in Nigeria, and across the world. Our journalists are honest, fair, accurate, thorough and courageous in gathering, reporting and interpreting news in the best interest of the public, because truth is the cornerstone of journalism and they strive diligently to ascertain the truth in every news report. Contact: editor[at]nnn.com.ng

Contact US: editor @nnn.com.ng, nnnnews247 @gmail.com

Gov. Bello mourns former Niger health commissioner Lagos Speaker, other lawmakers pay condolence visit to late Tunde Braimoh’s family I-G says video in circulation of maltreatment of man not Nigerian France arrests globally wanted darknet child porn suspect Coronavirus response: NCD Alliance launches new civil society solidarity fund Police hunt Black Forest for homeless man who threatened officers Lawmaker urges Chinese company to address water channelisation problem in Nasarawa Pandemic caused postponement of 50,000 cancer operations in Germany German police officers jailed for using office for sexual abuse Ondo govt. distributes 20,000 cocoa seedlings to farmers in Isua-Akoko United States judge orders delay of first federal executions in 17 years NLC/CSO situation room urges commuters to adhere to Coronavirus safety guidelines Kano Emir re-appoints kingmaker 17-years after he was removed Ondo APC Primary: Kekemeke woos delegates, says no ‘use & dump’ of members Police nab man for allegedly raping minor after buying N20 sachet water Abia transport workers protest 25 months unpaid salaries              PTF calls for sustained Coronavirus protocols at airports France promises €7.6 bn to boost hospital staff pay NUJ deregisters Progressive Chapel in Nasarawa State  Para-Athletes, Coach commend Sports Minister over palliatives Banditry: FG distributes relief materials to IDPs in Sokoto Research report tasks investors on investment risk Nigeria’s stock market opens week with N55bn loss FRSC to begin enforcement of Coronavirus protocols in commercial vehicles in Katsina United States-based fertiliser coy to establish African branch in Kebbi 602 repentant Boko Haram members denounce membership Al-Hikmah Varsity: outgoing VC urges staff to be committed to duty Niger Assembly summons commissioners, others over Coronavirus response Reconsider suspension of 2020 WASSCE, NAPPS urges FG Court sentences man to 5 years imprisonment for possession of hard drugs Transport unions, FRSC sign agreement on Coronavirus safety measures in Kaduna Ekiti doctors’ strike not borne out of wickedness, insensitivity – NASS, NERC to partner on legal framework to protect investment in power sector Tinubu commiserates with Lagos Speaker over Braimoh’s death Court remands teenager over alleged murder Coronavirus Scare: AMAC secretariat safe, free – Chairman Nasarawa Assembly assures good working relationship with executive We’ll complete all ongoing projects in A’Ibom – Gov. Emmanuel FRSC tasks transport unions on compliance with Coronavirus protocols Coronavirus: FRSC directs transporters to sanitise vehicles, loading terminals EEDC donates PPE to frontline health workers in UNTH FG to initiate service delivery scheme in 7 states Alleged illegal property seizure: Court adjourns N8.1bn suit against Lagos until July 17 Bauchi Inquiry Committee seeks stakeholders’ support to end farmers, herders clashes Court admits 6 guns in evidence in alleged Taraba kidnap kingpin, Wadume, 6 others’ case Police seize 10 AK47 rifles, ammunition from suspected gunrunners in Taraba Marginalisation: Adopt dialogue, Warri council boss advises Itsekiri group Russian Agency to provide water solutions to parts of South Africa Schools projects: Ogun govt. warns contractors against use of substandard materials President predicts Coronavirus in Indonesia will reach peak in August-September