Italian soccer pundit fired for racist on-air comments about Lukaku
Published : Tuesday, 17 September, 2019 at 9:41 AM Count : 204
Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku has once again been the target of a racist episode in Italy -- but this time on television, with a TV commentator sacked after making shockingly abusive remarks about the Belgian international on air.
Luciano Passirani was speaking on Top Calcio 24 about the Inter Milan striker when he commented: "Lukaku is one of the strongest, I like him a lot because he has strength: he is the alter ego of [Duvan] Zapata at Atalanta.
"They have something more than the others, there's nothing else to do. They score the goals and drag your team forward," he added.
"If you go one-on-one with him, he will kill you. Either you give him 10 bananas to eat, or ..."
That prompted program director Fabio Ravezzani to say Passirani "could no longer participate in our broadcasts" despite him being "the first to apologize."
"One of our commentators, in trying to define Lukaku's strength through a series of compliments, unfortunately chose a very bad metaphor that turned out to be racist," said Ravezzani.
"We cannot tolerate that, even unintentionally, a person who speaks for hours makes racist comments."