Manchester United fans have been urged to stop singing a chant about striker Romelu Lukaku that has been branded ‘racist.’
Kick it Out, the game’s leading equality organisation, has released a statement to the Times in which they ask supporters to refrain from singing the song on the grounds that it reinforces skin colour stereotypes after footage emerged of fans singing it during Man United’s 3-0 Champions League win against FC Basel last Tuesday.
They argue that the chant, to the tune of the Stone Roses’ Made of Stone and making specific reference to Lukaku’s…manhood, is unacceptable:
“Kick It Out is aware of footage of alleged racist chanting by supporters of Manchester United that emerged on Wednesday evening [September 13].
“The lyrics used in the chant are offensive and discriminatory. Racist stereotypes are never acceptable in football or wider society, irrespective of any intention to show support for a player.
“We have contacted Manchester United regarding the issue and will be working closely with them and the FA to ensure that it is addressed swiftly. If we receive any reports relating to the discriminatory chant, those will be passed on to the governing body and the perpetrators can expect to face punishment.”
Man United have reportedly pledged to discuss the matter with Kick it Out, with a spokesman telling the Times that the club has a “zero tolerance” policy towards racism.
The song in question goes as follows:
“Romelu Lukaku, he’s our Belgian scoring genius with a 24 inch penis, scoring all our goals, bellend by his toes.”
Given the Belgian’s prowess in front of goal lately, it remains to be seen if the controversial chant will get another rendition the next time Lukaku finds the back of the net.
This latest plea follows recent calls from Chelsea and striker Alvaro Morata for fans to stop singing a song about him that included an anti-Semitic slur aimed at rivals Tottenham.