Belgium manager Roberto Martinez reveals how Romelu Lukaku reacted to racist abuse

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez reveals how Romelu Lukaku reacted to racist abuse

Romelu Lukaku was subjected to racist abuse in the win over Cagliari a fortnight ago with Belgium coach Roberto Martinez revealing that the forward was not affected by the incident while on international break.

The 26-year-old striker received racist chants during Inter's 2-1 win over Cagliari before he converted a penalty to secure the victory. Lukaku got worldwide support after the ordeal but Inter Ultras claimed that Cagliari supporters only used chanting to put off the opposition because they "fear the goals" Lukaku could score.

Speaking ahead of their Euro 2020 qualifier against Scotland, Martinez noted that Lukaku has not been affected by the incident, "I haven't seen a difference. It's true that he was sad with the episode he had to go through but I'm sure that's something everyone in football will try to help him and the environment to eradicate. There's no tolerance for that.

"I think Romelu is one of the modern footballers that he was born with the attention with the media following him at the age of 16 in Belgium. He had a media crew following around. They followed the expectation of a team having to win at Anderlecht with the Champions League participation.

"Then he had a big transfer to Chelsea, then he had time at West Brom before a big transfer fee to Everton. He then had another big transfer fee to Manchester United and now to Inter. Romelu doesn't get affected. He is one of the most driven boys that you are going to see. His life is football. He lives to score goals and be effective for the national team and his club."

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