Inter Milan striker, Romelu Lukaku, has accused world football bodies of turning blind eye towards incidences of racism suffered by players of colour over the years.
Lukaku was subjected to monkey chants on Sunday, before and after scoring a penalty to secure a 2-1 win for Inter at Cagliari.
Reacting to the incident, the Belgium international wrote on Instagram on Monday, that several incidences of racist abuses have either been ignored, or insufficiently punished by football authorities.
He wrote, “Many players in the last month have suffered racial abuse…I did yesterday too. Football is a game to be enjoyed by everyone 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 everyday, 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…
“Ladies and gentlemen, it’s 2019, instead of going forward, we’re going backwards and I think as players, we need unify and make a statement on this matter to keep this game clean and enjoyable for everyone.
Juventus midfielder, Blaise Matuidi and with his former teammate, Moise Kean, had previously suffered racist abuses at the Cagliari stadium in the past.
Online racist comments have become a common trend in the Premier League, with Chelsea defender, Kurt Zouma, becoming the recent victim. He received racists comments on Saturday after scoring an own goal, which gave Sheffield United a point at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford also suffered same fate last month within a weeks apart, after both missed penalties for United during league matches.