Juventus Torino and Inter Milan clashed in the semi-finals of the Italian Cup on Tuesday. The match ended in a draw. However, the most interesting thing happened at the end of the match when Romelu Lukaku received a controversial red card.
The first match of the Italian Cup semi-final between Juventus and Inter Milan ended in a 1-1 draw.
Juan Cuadrado, who scored the first goal of the match in the 83rd minute, put the hosts ahead first. The visiting side from Milan got the chance to equalise from a penalty kick at the very end.
The penalty was taken by Belgian goal scorer Romelu Lukaku. He made no mistake and ensured his teammates a very acceptable result for the home return leg.
Controversial red card
It is Lukaku who will be missing for Inter in the return leg, due to the fact that he received a second yellow card after scoring the goal. It was the awarding of this card that became the subject of loud debate.
Lukaku has been racially abused by Juventus fans since his arrival on the pitch. After scoring the goal, the Belgian footballer made a celebratory gesture by saluting towards the stands and placing his index finger in front of his mouth.
The Inter Milan footballer regularly makes similar celebratory gestures and has never been carded for it.
There is, of course, the possibility that Inter Milan will appeal against the nonsensical card, allowing Lukaku to intervene in the rematch.
Michael Yormark (president of Roc Nation Sports International), who represents the Belgian marksman, also commented on the situation.
“Today’s racist remarks against Romelu Lukaku by Juventus fans were more than despicable and cannot be tolerated. Romelu converted the penalty. He was thetarget of disgusting racist insults before, during and after,” Michael said.
“Romelu was celebrated in the same way as before. The referee’s response was to award a yellow card. Romelu deserves an apology from Juventus and we expect the league management to condemn this group of fans. i’m sure the football world shares the same opinion, ” he continued in his statement on social media.
Source: Transfermarkt, Twitter, Football-Italia
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