Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Romelu Lukaku makes his first public comment on the 'racist chant' storm

Romelu Lukaku makes his first public comment on the 'racist chant' storm

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku has implored the club's fans to "move on" from a controversial chant about him.

A spokesperson for the group mentioned that: "The lyrics used in the chant are offensive and discriminatory".

Lukaku's view comes a few days after news emerged that Kick It Out, the equality and discrimination organisation within football, were condemning the chant and urged United to put an end to the song.

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"Fans have meant well with their songs but let's move on together", he said, signing off with the hashtag "RespectEachOther".

United contacted relevant bodies to see whether the song could be categorised as racism by the letter of the law, while saying in a statement they have a "zero tolerance towards all forms of discrimination".

The 24-year-old arrived from Everton in the summer for a fee that could reach £90 million and has quickly become a popular figure among supporters, netting seven goals in as many games.

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Manchester United posted on social media ahead of Wednesday's 4-1 win over Burton Albion in the Carabao Cup in which Lukaku did not feature. "Racist stereotypes are never acceptable, irrespective of any intention to show support for a player", said Kick It Out.

The French midfielder limped off in the first half of Manchester United's Champions League opener against Basel last week after suffering a hamstring strain. No arrests were made or complaints lodged to Greater Manchester Police.

It has not yet been confirmed how long Pogba will be out of action for as Manchester United look to continue their strong start to the season against Southampton in the Premier League this weekend.

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