Edin Dzeko has spoken about the discriminatory abuse faced by his Inter teammate Romelu Lukaku almost a week after their Coppa Italia match against Juventus
Edin Dzeko has commented on the racial discrimination experienced by his Inter teammate Romelu Lukaku, stating that it is something that should never occur on the football field.
The Belgian striker was subjected to discriminatory chants by Juventus fans during a tense first-leg match of the Coppa Italia semi-finals last week.
The first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final between Inter and Juventus was marred by violence, with red cards being shown to Samir Handanovic and Juan Cuadrado following a brawl.
During the game, Inter’s Romelu Lukaku was also subjected to racist abuse from Juventus supporters.
Edin Dzeko commented on the incident, stating that such behavior should not be allowed on the football pitch. Dzeko also talked about Inter’s aspirations in the cup competition.
Dzeko admits things happened in the Juve match that shouldn’t have
“During the match, some things happened that never should on the football pitch,” Dzeko told N1. “They have already been spoken and written about.
“Our fans supported us throughout the match. I thank them for their support on the pitch. We have had a good relationship since the first day [I arrived] at Inter.
“This season, I have already won a trophy, but the goal is to always win new titles. In Milan, I won three. I know how important it is for the club to be in the fight for the Scudetto.
“The fight with Juventus is wide open. At San Siro, we will have to play even better [if we are] to try to reach the final and lift the Coppa Italia.”
Dzeko has other important games to focus on before the second leg against Juventus. Inter will face Benfica in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. They are set to play against Juventus in two weeks’ time.
Both teams are vying for a spot in the final, where they will potentially face either Fiorentina or Cremonese.