A furious Clinton Morrison has blasted ‘disgraceful’ Italian football chiefs after Cagliari were cleared of racist chanting towards Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku.
Cagliari supporters racially abused Lukaku as he stepped up to take a match-winning penalty in Inter’s 2-1 victory at the Sardegna Arena on September 1.
But the Serie A club will face no punishment for their fans’ actions after a sports judge acting on behalf of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) ruled there was not enough evidence for any sanctions.
It’s the third time the Sardinian club has been investigated for racist abuse in the last two years, following cases involving now-Everton striker Moise Kean and his former Juventus team-mate Blaise Matuidi – no action was taken on any of those occasions either.
Cagliari have, however, been fined €5,000 for their fans throwing plastic bottles onto the pitch during Sunday’s clash at Parma.
And that enraged Morrison when he learned the news on Wednesday’s talkSPORT show with Jim White.
He fumed: “How can you get fined €5000 for throwing plastic bottles on the pitch, but get cleared of racial abusing Romelu Lukaku? I don’t get it.
“It’s embarrassing, the Italian authorities are totally embarrassing. It’s a disgrace.
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“This boils my blood. I only saw this news a few minutes ago and I was not prepared for it.
“It’s the biggest disrespect I’ve seen in football at the moment. I’m really upset about it.”
Speaking on talkSPORT earlier this month, Morrison urged Lukaku to consider leaving Inter just four weeks after joining them from Manchester United over the abuse he faced.
He also advised black footballers against moving to Italy, with former Chelsea striker Demba Ba doing the same, after a group of Inter Milan fans defended Cagliari supporters and insisted their monkey chants towards Lukaku were not racist.
This incident, followed by another which saw Raheem Sterling racially abused by a Bulgaria fan over the international break, also sparked the latest debate over whether players should leave the field if they are subjected to racial chanting.
And Morrison says he would have no hesitation in refusing to play if he suffered such abuse.
Asked if he feels offended for Lukaku, he replied: “I feel offended myself, personally!
“And yes I do feel offended for Romelu Lukaku, and for every black player out there getting racially abused in Italy, I am. It’s a disgrace. More has to be done.
“I’d walk off the pitch if it happened to me. I’d tell the manager to take me off, I wouldn’t play in that country.
“Everyone is different, I can’t speak for Lukaku or any of the other black players, but I would not play if the fans racially abused me.
“They’re not doing anything about it, that’s the problem and that’s what’s hurting most black players at the moment, that’s why so many people are speaking out about it.”