Manchester United have been asked to ban a terrace chant about Romelu Lukaku by anti-racism organisation Kick it Out.
The song, which goes to the tune of the Stone Roses song ‘Made of Stone’ and makes two references to the size of the Belgian’s manhood, was sung by a small section of supporters during the Champions League match against FC Basel and is believed to have been repeated in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Everton, during which the striker scored.
THE SONG IS ‘OFFENSIVE AND DISCRIMINATORY’: KICK IT OUT
Kick It Out have subsequently written to the club, after deeming the song “offensive and discriminatory”.
The Times quote a Kick It Out spokesman as saying: “Kick It Out is aware of the footage of the alleged racist chanting by supporters of Manchester United that emerged on Wednesday evening [13 September].
“The lyrics used in the chant are offensive and discriminatory. Racist stereotypes are never acceptable in football or wider society, irrespective of showing support for a player.
“We have contacted Manchester United and will be working closely with them and the FA to ensure that the issue is addressed swiftly. The perpetrators can expect to face punishment.”
LUKAKU HIMSELF IS UPSET BY THE CHANT:
Kick It Out condemned the song saying it had “racial undertones” and the player himself appeared upset by it.
“Big players better than me have tried to stop that, but it’s not easy at all. We have done everything we can to show the red card to racism,” he said.
“But people are still into it, that’s part of life.”
A similar debate cropped up in 2011 when Spurs fans were urged not to sing a chant about Emmanuel Adebayor.
The club conceded it was offensive in nature, but not racist.
Manchester United fans will have to stop singing this chat as it has been found offensive and racist by the anti-racism organisation. Similar cases have happened before and actions were taken against. There shouldn’t be racism involved, especially in a game like football where players around all countries play together. Racism should be red-carded.