Romelu Lukaku's accusation that the crowd at the club's Sinobo Stadium racially abused him during their UEFA Champions League against Slavia Prague on Wednesday has been rejected by the club.
In a post-match interview, Lukaku claimed that he heard chants from the entire stadium after Lautaro Martinez scored in the 3-1 win but the Czech Republic club demanded an apology from the Belgium words were inaccurate.
In a tweet, Prague noted: “We must reject that there have been racist chanting of the whole stadium. We analyzed available footage, and none confirmed Mr. Lukaku’s statement. The club has already apologized for individuals’ behavior and it would be appropriate for Mr. Lukaku to apologize for his words too.”
Lukaku played a crucial role in the win, scoring once and assisting both of Martinez's goals. The win moved Inter into second place in Group F and knocked Slavia out of European contention. Slavia's last outing will be against Borussia Dortmund, who are vying with the Nerazzurri for second place in the group.
Lukaku has been the target of racist chants on several occasions this season, including in a Serie A match against Cagliari in September.
We must reject that there has been racist chanting of the whole stadium. We analysed available footages, and none confirmed Mr Lukaku’s statement. The club has already apologised for individuals’ behaviour and it would be appropriate for Mr Lukaku to apologise for his words too. https://t.co/6luusPP1tC— SK Slavia Prague EN (@slavia_eng) November 29, 2019