'I was ready for it but UEFA must act': Romelu Lukaku talks encountering racial abuse in Serie A
- Rom left United for Inter Milan this summer.
- The ex-Red Devil was subjected to racial abuse from Cagliari's fans in September.
- They haven't been punished for monkey chants towards the Belgian.
- Lukaku says he was ready for it has urged the Serie A and UEFA to do more for countering racism.
Former United striker Romelu Lukaku has called for strong actions on countering racism from both the Serie A and UEFA. The Belgian was going to Inter Milan this summer already knowing he'd be subjected to racial abuse sooner or later in Italy.
"I knew that sooner or later it would happen," the Belgian said as quoted by the Daily Mail. "I was ready for it because before coming here I spoke with some friends who played in Serie A and they warned me about it.
"At Cagliari, it was a difficult moment. Serie A and UEFA had to do more.
"UEFA must act. We can promote a 'No To Racism' campaign, but if we do nothing to counter this phenomenon, it makes no sense."
Rom's first encounter with racial discrimination took place at Cagliari in September. A section of home fans shouted monkey chants towards the ex-United hitman. Their chants, however, were not discriminatory in 'size and real perception', the Italian Football Federation's official statement reads.
Still, Rom is pleased with the Nerazzurri fans' attitude towards him. The 26-year-old added: "I'm having fun in Italy. People on the street are very kind to me and my family likes it here too. I want to concentrate on this. When I'm not playing well, I want [Conte] to tell me about it. I'm 26, I know I can improve."
The Belgium international swapped Old Trafford for the Giuseppe Meazza in a £58.5million move in August. He's gone to score 9 goals in 15 appearances for the Serie A giants.
Rom's first Milan-derby goal for the Nerazzurri: