Vincent Kompany believes that racism is maintained in football because there are no people working in the authorities who can put themselves in the hands of victims like Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian calls for more diversity among the authorities involved.
"The problem lies with the organizations that have to make decisions on this subject. If you look at the FIFA, UEFA, Italian or English competition board members, you see a clear lack of diversity," Kompany emphasizes in conversation with Sky Sports .
"Those people have no idea what victims of racism are going through and therefore they cannot impose proper sanctions. More diversity needs to be introduced to change that. Romelu is incidentally the victim of something horrible that is not only in football, but throughout society. "
The statements of Kompany come to Lukaku a few days after the racist slogans of the Cagliari fans. The striker of Internazionale used a penalty kick on Sunday in the game in Sardinia (1-2 win), after which supporters of the home club made monkey noises.
Romelu Lukaku is the last victim of racism. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Hard core Inter supports Cagliari fans
While Lukaku and Cagliari once again emphasized the need to do more against racism, Inter's hard core came out with a statement that, remarkably enough, supported the fans of Cagliari. According to the Curva Nord there is no racism and the monkey sounds were "a sign of respect".
Italian football has been plagued by racist supporter groups for some time and Kompany fears that this will not change soon. "We are talking about decision makers who are going to tell a victim of racism such as Romelu how he should feel, while they totally do not know what he or she has experienced in his life. That is the real problem."
It is not only Lukaku who has been racist on the Italian fields in the past. Moise Kean, Blaise Matuidi and Sulley Muntari were all also reviled in the recent past because of their skin color.