Thursday September 5 2019
'Blame FIGC for racism in Italy'

Romelu Lukaku’s Belgium teammate Vincent Kompany claims the FIGC is to blame for racism in Italian football due to its lack of diversity.

Cagliari fans subjected Lukaku to monkey chants as he took a penalty during Inter’s 2-1 win at the Sardegna Arena last weekend, which Nerazzurri ultras controversially justified.

However, Kompany believes the FIGC is at fault for not having any representatives ‘that can actually understand’ what the striker went through.

“It goes back to who is expected to make a decision on these issues, and it’s in these organisations that the problems lie,” the 33-year-old told Sky Sports News.

“The real racism lies in the fact none of these institutions have representatives that can actually understand what Romelu [Lukaku] is going through.

“You are dealing with a crowd of people and decision-makers who are telling him how he should think and feel about this when you have no decision-makers who are remotely in touch with what he has experienced in his life.

“That’s the real issue, if you go through the boards at UEFA or FIFA, the Italian League or the English League there is a real lack of diversity.

“If you don’t have diversity in places of power like boardrooms then you can’t have the right decisions in terms of sanctions - it’s as simple as that.”

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