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Journalists apologises to Romelu Lukaku for racial slur

An Italian journalist has moved to apologise after using a racial slur to describe Inter Milan and Belgium forward, Romelu Lukaku.

Stefano De grandis was working for Sky Sports in Italy when a graphic of Lukaku popped up on the screen.

De grandis then described the forward inappropriately and has since released the following statement on his official Instagram account, in which he apologised to Lukaku, Sky and anyone who was watching:

Yesterday, speaking of Romelu Lukaku, I used an unacceptable expression. Live, his photo appeared, I used the term “tanned”, a very stupid and inappropriate term, unacceptable indeed. A serious mistake, live, which must not happen. Racism does not belong to me, in fact I hate it, but words are important and I don’t want justifications. In any case, I was wrong and I am deeply sorry. I apologize first of all to Romelu, to Sky, and to those who were watching us.

Quite concerningly, however, a good number of the replies to the post are defending De Grandis and telling him he does not need to apologise.

Racism of course has no place in football or in wider society, but it does feel as though it has become an increasing issue across football over the last few years.

If you see any form of abuse taking place in football, you can report it here.


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Lukaku impressing

On a slightly lighter note, just how impressive Romelu Lukaku has been at Inter Milan has been brought to the fore online recently.

Inter are close to securing their first league title for a decade and the Belgian has been a key part of that.

In 88 games for Inter, Lukaku has scored 61 and assisted 14:

Romelu Lukaku has been a joke at Inter Milan 👏

Games: 88
Goals: 61
Assists: 14 pic.twitter.com/UGPv5wff8V

— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) April 16, 2021

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