By Andrew Cesare Richardson
Inter Milan and Roma have condemned Thursday’s front page of Italian newspaper Il Corriere dello Sport.
On Thursday, Inter tweeted: “Football is passion, culture and brotherhood. We are and always will be opposed to any form of discrimination.”
Football is passion, culture and brotherhood.
— Inter (@Inter_en) December 5, 2019
Sources have told ESPN the post was in relation to Corriere’s front page, but the club opted not to directly reference it in the tweet as not to “give it visibility.”
Roma’s English account tweeted a picture of the front page as part of their condemnation, while Fiorentina’s English Twitter account responded by writing: “No to racism, kick it out,” — as well as separate post criticising the cover.
AC Milan also condemned it, with a tweet which read: “It is totally unacceptable to see such casual ignorance on racism. We will not stay silent on this issue.”
All 20 Serie A clubs signed an open letter last week, where they acknowledged that racism was a serious problem in Italy and requested help in order to deal with it.
Lukaku has also been the subject of racist abuse in Serie A this season, with Cagliari supporters having aimed monkey chants at him when the sides met in September.
The Belgium international joined Inter for €80 million from Manchester United while his former Old Trafford teammate Smalling moved to Roma on loan.