PREMIER - Lukaku: stronger action against racism must be taken

23.09.2021 23:15 of D.B. TransferMarketWeb   see readings
PREMIER - Lukaku: stronger action against racism must be taken
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Football must take "stronger" action in the battle against racism, according to Romelu Lukaku, who questions the impact of players kneeling before Premier League games.

Marcos Alonso, Lukaku's Chelsea teammate, explained his decision to quit performing the gesture this week, instead standing and pointing to his shirt's "No To Racism" tag.

Wilfried Zaha, a Crystal Palace attacker, quit taking the knee last season, calling it "degrading," and instead chose to stand.

Lukaku, a Belgian international, understands such sentiments, referring to the ongoing internet harassment of black players.

"I think we can take stronger positions, basically," Lukaku told CNN Sport.

"Yeah, we are taking the knee but in the end everybody's clapping but sometimes after the game, you see another insult."

"The captains of every team, and four or five players, like the big personalities of every team, should have a meeting with the CEOs of Instagram and governments and the FA (Football Association) and the PFA (Professional Footballers' Association), and we should just sit around the table and have a big meeting about it," Lukaku said.

"I think all of us together, have a big meeting and talk about stuff that needs to be addressed to protect the players.

"If you want to stop something, you can really do it."