Lukaku’s 6th goal overshadowed by racist chants from fans
It looks impossible for Lukaku to stop scoring for Manchester United, but it appears many of their fans are still reluctant to sing a song about him that doesn’t include reference to his manhood and it looks doubtful whether they are living in 2017.
It was just after Lukaku had scored the game’s first and only goal in the 20th minute against Southampton that a majority of the travelling support broke into a chorus of the tune which has recently made the club speak against its use to such an extent that even the players had to ask supporters to move on. A follow-up of ‘We’re Man Utd, we’ll sing what we want’ chant was in vain to explain such a behaviour.
Thankfully enough, that was about the end of the chanting for the afternoon, but Lukaku’s continued phenomenal achievements are in danger of being completely overlooked because of the mindset of the very people who should be celebrating his achievements the most.
Kick it Out have deemed the chant is offensive, discriminatory and enforces racist stereotypes which has been heard on several occasions since Lukaku’s move from former club Everton this summer.
A statement from Kick it Out earlier from the week had said: “Racist stereotypes are never acceptable in football or wider society, irrespective of any intention to show support for the player.
“We have contacted Manchester United regarding the issue and will be working closely with them and the FA to ensure that it is addressed swiftly.”
United could face disciplinary action after the chant was sung again – with the FA able to fine the Red Devils or even force them to play behind closed doors.
Section Three of the Football (Offences) Act 1991 declares chanting of an indecent or racialist nature is an offence. ‘Racialist nature’ is defined as “consisting of or including matter which is threatening, abusive or insulting to a person by reason of his colour, race, nationality or ethnic or national origins.”
Lukaku himself asked the fans to refrain from singing racist songs even if it is meant to praise the player.He gave United the lead to score his sixth goal of the season keeping himself in competition for winning the Premiere League Golden Boot.