Italian football pundit Luciano Passirani has been banned from channel TopCalcio24 after a racially-tinged comment about Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku.
Passirani while appearing on the show, said: “I don't see in the Italian league a player like Lukaku in any team, not in AC Milan, Inter, Rome, Lazio.
“He's one of the strongest and I like him a lot because he's one of the strongest, he's at least twice as strong as (Duvan) Zapata from Atalanta.
“These players have something more than the others; these are the guys who make the goals and drag the team.
One on One
“If they go one-on-one with you, you're dead, you fall to the ground. You're alright if you have ten bananas to give him to eat, otherwise...'
The director of the station, Fabio Ravezzani, went on air almost immediately after the comments were made and apologized before clarifying that Passirani would not be allowed on the network ever again.
Lukaku has been at the centre of a number of racist incidents since being subjected to monkey chants in Inter’s 2-1 win over Cagliari on September 1.
Italian pundit Luciano Passirani praises @RomeluLukaku9 saying he’s never seen a player of his quality at neither #Inter, #Milan or #Juventus before ending it with “only way to push him down to the floor is to throw 10 bananas at him.”pic.twitter.com/Nv8t8yF9aA— Nima Tavallaey Roodsari (@NimaTavRood) September 15, 2019