Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba believes racial abuse in Italy will never end and has called on black players playing in the league to 'get out'.
His comments come a few days after Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku was allegedly subjected to racial chants, during a Serie A match against Cagliari.
However, in a turn of events, an Inter supporters group, L’Urlo della Nord, defended the Cagliari fans, saying the chants were not racial, and it was only a form of 'supporting' their team.
“We are really sorry you thought that what happened in Cagliari was racist," read part of the letter they sent to Lukaku.
“You have to understand that Italy is not like many other north European countries where racism is a REAL problem,"
“We understand that it could have seemed racist to you, but it is not like that,"
“In Italy we use some ‘ways’ only to ‘help our teams’ and to try to make our opponents nervous, not for racism, but to mess them up,"
“We are a multi-ethnic fans organisation and we have always welcomed players from everywhere. However, we have always used that ‘way’ with other teams’ players in the past and we probably will in the future,"
“We are not racist and so are not the Cagliari fans,"
In response to the above letter, Ba called on all other black players in the league to move, indicating such acts of racial abuse were the reason he never joined the league.
And here's the reason why I decided not to play there when I could... And at that point I wish all the black players would get out of this league! Surely it won't stop their stupidity and hate but at least they won't affect other races. https://t.co/whu1XexYmy— Demba Ba (@dembabafoot) September 4, 2019
Lukaku was allegedly on the receiving end of the racism chants during the match against Cagliari, where he scored the winning goal from the spot.