Taunts against black players are symptomatic of a rising tide of prejudice in society, fostered across Europe by the far right
Romelu Lukaku is a football star and goal-scoring machine. He has hit the net 113 times in 252 Premier League appearances and is the Belgian national team’s all-time top striker. Last month, he transferred to Inter Milan from Manchester United for a reported £74m. On 26 August, he scored on his debut in Serie A – Italy’s first division. For many football fans across Europe, Lukaku is both a legend and role model.
There is a “but” coming … and it concerns Lukaku’s skin colour. In many respects, Lukaku is a marvel. But he is a black marvel and, for a minority of fans, club officials – and even some players – this overshadows everything else. Whether out of bigotry or ignorance, Lukaku’s ethnicity – he is of Congolese descent – shapes and distorts their perception of an exceptional man and athlete.
By and large, national politicians say the right things about discrimination in sport when required but do littleRacism is spreading beyond the football stands. It’s time to kick it out for good
Taunts against black players are symptomatic of a rising tide of prejudice in society, fostered across Europe by the far rightwww.theguardian.com