‘We’re Going Backwards, Players Need to Unite’: Lukaku Speaks Out After Facing Racist Abuse

first_img“Many players in the last month have suffered from racial abuse. I did yesterday too,” Lukaku said on Instagram. “Football is a game to be enjoyed and we shouldn’t accept any form of discrimination that will put our game in shame.”I hope the football federations all over the world react strongly on all cases of discrimination.”Social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook) need to work better as well with football clubs because every day you see at least a racist comment under a post of a person of colour. We’ve been saying it for years and still no action.”Instead of going forwards we’re going backwards … As players we need to unify and make a statement on this matter.”Twitter said last month that it would meet with United and the anti-discrimination group Kick It Out to address online racist abuse towards players in Britain.In an emailed statement to Reuters on Monday, it said that it was a “complex challenge.””We are committed to working with civil society stakeholders to develop solutions to this unacceptable behaviour – both online and off,” said a spokesperson. Former Juventus forward Moise Kean, now with Everton, was insulted after scoring against Cagliari in April but Serie A took no action against the Sardinian club, saying that the insults had limited relevance.Before that, in a run of events going back until 2010, Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi was also insulted as were Sulley Muntari and Samuel Eto’o, who at the time of the incidents were playing for Pescara and Inter Milan respectively.On Monday, the club said it would “identify, isolate and ban those ignorant individuals whose shameful actions and behaviours are completely against those values that Cagliari Calcio strongly promotes.”The club also complained about “silly stereotypes addressed to Cagliari supporters and the Sardinian people, which are absolutely unacceptable.” Milan: Belgium and Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku made a plea to football federations and social media platforms on Monday to do more to fight racism after he was subjected to racist abuse in Sunday’s 2-1 Serie A victory at Cagliari.Playing only his second match in Italy after his move from Manchester United, Lukaku appeared to be the target of monkey chants from the home crowd at the Sardegna Arena as he prepared to take the decisive penalty. Cagliari described the behaviour of the fans involved as shameful after the latest in a string of incidents involving the club but also said that “both Inter Milan and Cagliari supporters enjoyed a lovely evening together in the name of their passion for football.”Several black players have suffered online racist abuse in recent weeks, including Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham and Kurt Zouma.Racism has been a long-running problem in Italian football where authorities have been criticised for not taking strong enough action.Lukaku lamented the lack of action despite years of complaints. Cagliariinter milanItalylukaku First Published: September 3, 2019, 7:52 AM ISTcenter_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Dangal not releasing on Aug 15: Aamir Khan

first_imgMumbai, Mar 14 (PTI) Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan today dismissed reports that his upcoming film “Dangal” will release on Independence day.There were reports that Aamir was considering to release the sports-biopic ahead of its originally scheduled release on Christmas this year.The actor said he had also heard the rumours, but clarified that the film will not release on August 15.”I heard the rumours too, but there is no truth in that. I had said that since it is a patriotic film, about the daughters of India, a date like August 15 wouldve been ideal.”But we are not coming on that date. We are coming on Christmas. We always wanted to release on Christmas,” Aamir told reporters here at his 51st birthday bash.The film, directed by Nitesh Tiwari of “Bhoothnath Returns” fame, stars Aamir in the role of Mahavir Singh Phogat, who taught wrestling to his daughters Babita Kumari and Geeta Phogat.The “PK” actor, who had put on weight for his role in the film, said he has now lost 13 kgs and aims to get the “Ghajini” look.”In Dangal I had gained weight, up to 95 kgs. The portions where I was fat have been completed, so Ive started reducing. I am at 82 kgs, which is 13 kgs less. Now 12 more kgs are left to shed, so I have reached the half-way mark. My aim is to get the Ghajini look,” he said.Aamir said his family was happy that he lost weight.”I am taking six months (to lose weight). My family is happy that I am losing weight and am half-way there. Its a concern for me too. Losing weight fast is not very healthy. I am pushing the envelope a little bit,” he said.advertisementThe actor, who was in the US for intense training in weight loss, said he will now have fish, despite being a vegan, to get in shape of his character.”For the last three weeks I was in the US to lose weight and focus on weight loss. I was working out in different forms and doing six to seven hours of exercises a day. Ive been trekking, mountain biking, tennis, swimming…,” he said.”I went on a vegan diet because I feel its a more healthy diet. But I am not moral vegan, I am not that hardcore. For the next three months, my dietitian has insisted that he wants me to have a very high quality protein, so he wants me to have fish, because I need to lose weight but retain my muscle mass,” he said. (MORE) PTI JUR GK PSH BASlast_img read more