Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku has urged the Italian Football Federation to fight racism if they are to attract top stars to their country.
Lukaku, who was subjected to racist abuse by Cagliari supporters on Sunday while speaking to Rolling Stone magazine that he wanted to concentrate on helping his team win but appeared to agree when asked if players should walk off the pitch if they were racially abused.
"Yes (when asked about leaving the pitch), I think you have to leave a statement, of course, because it's something we need to address," he said.
Issues in England
He said that there had also been issues in England recently, adding: "Football is international, football is multicultural, so if you really want to field the best players in the world, you have to make sure you receive them with open arms because they're also willing to adapt to the culture.
"I think it's really important not to discriminate and just appreciate the presence they bring into the country."
Lukaku said in an Instagram post on Monday that football was going backwards in the fight against racism with former Senegal forward Demba Ba even suggesting that black players should boycott Serie A.
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