Italian soccer was included in a different racism storm on Sunday since Romelu Lukaku was targeted at fighter chants before placing Inter Milan top of Serie A with all the winning penalty in their 2-1 victory at Cagliari.
The 26-year-old Belgian international angrily appeared towards the racks before turning his second goal in as many matches, which came following Lautaro Martinez’s 28th-minute opener to its Antonio Conte’s side along with Joao Pedro’s leveller for those hosts four minutes after the rest.
His teammates surrounded Lukaku since Inter won their moment from two league games to sit before winners Juventus, who are also on maximum points after their thrilling 4-3 triumph over Napoli on Saturday.
Racist chanting has dogged Italian stadia in the last couple of decades, together with Italy striker Moise Kean and the victim of similar abuse — together with teammate Blaise Matuidi — in Cagliari later he scored a goal there because of his former group Juventus past April.
Kalidou Koulibaly was showered with monkey chants last year by Lukaku’s new lovers in the San Siro, although many other black players are targeted.
“I did not hear (that the chants),” said Conte.
“I will talk however generally: I believe we will need to enhance in Italy, respect everybody.
“When I had been working overseas, the lovers would cheer in their very own group, not spend their whole time insulting the competition. I had been fine, and no one insulted me.”
Torino is right next to Inter and neighbourhood competitions Juve after shocking Atalanta 3-2, while Lazio missed the opportunity to maintain the speed with this trio after drawing an abysmal Rome derby 1-1.
Aleksandar Kolarov put Roma ahead in the 17th minute against the run of play a well-taken punishment, however, Luis Alberto caught the equaliser just before the hour mark to depart Paulo Fonseca with no win as fresh Roma boss.
Lazio missed a few opportunities to secure another win against their two opening matches, hitting the woodwork four times using Roma rattling the framework of the target twice. The hosts’ biggest sorrow was Manuel Lazzari’s 92nd-minute attack being ruled out for offside.
“There is a little bitterness. We had 21 shots on target, hit the woodwork four times along with also a goal ruled out,” said Lazio trainer Simone Inzaghi.
“We had numerous opportunities, and you need to win matches like this.”
“We provided an extraordinary series for the general public, and also a fantastic delight for me as a trainer, in my very first Rome derby,” said Fonseca.
Piscitelli was for nearly 30 years that the manager of Lazio’s hardcore Irriducibili (“Die Hards”) buff team, that is notorious for the far-right politics.
Torino will also be on maximum points following their comeback triumph Atalanta, who qualified for this year’s Champions League by finishing third last year.
Kevin Bonifazi had set Torino forward after 24 minutes before Duvan Zapata’s double both sides of the fracture for Atalanta.
Fiorentina dropped to their second straight defeat 2-1 in Genoa, as did Sampdoria that had been hammered 4-1 in Sassuolo thanks to some Domenico Berardi hat-trick scored in 14 first-half moments.