Following the racial abuse directed towards Romelu Lukaku by a group of Juventus supporters during Inter’s 1-1 draw with the Bianconeri, the club has now faced consequences
Juventus has received a punishment of a one-game partial stadium ban due to the racist abuse by some of their supporters directed towards Inter striker Romelu Lukaku during their recent game.
The incident occurred before and after Lukaku scored a penalty in the fifth minute of added time to secure Inter a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the Coppa Italia semi-final.
After Romelu Lukaku was racially abused by Juventus fans during Inter’s 1-1 draw, he put his fingers to his lips to silence the Allianz Stadium crowd and received a second yellow card.
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As a result, Serie A announced that Juventus would have to close the lower tier of the South Stand for their next home league game against Napoli on April 23.
The presiding judge of the case claimed that most of the 5,034 fans in that section were responsible for racially abusing Lukaku.
Despite this, Lukaku will still miss one match due to his red card during the same game, and he will not be able to play in the return fixture against Juventus on April 26.
Inter Milan’s goalkeeper Samir Handanovic and Juventus midfielder Juan Cuadrado were both sent off following a scuffle, and they will face one and three-match bans respectively.
Lukaku, who is currently playing for Inter Milan on loan from Chelsea, has been a victim of racial abuse in Italy on several occasions and has recently called for more severe actions against racism.
“History repeats. [I’ve] been through it in 2019 and [now in] 2023 again,” he posted on his official social media channels.
“I hope the league really take actions for real this time because this beautiful game should be enjoyed by everyone.
“Thank you for the supportive messages. F*** racism.”