2-footed tackle: Man United fans accused of racism over Lukaku penis chant
The song is sung to the tune of ‘Made of Stone’, a hit for Manchester band the Stone Roses, with the lyrics instead paying tribute to Lukaku and the supposed abnormal size of his penis. It’s believed to have first been first aired at Old Trafford during United’s 3-0 Champions League win over Basel.
The inclusion organization, which works to challenge discrimination in football and is funded by the English Football Association (FA), has contacted the club to ask their supporters to stop singing a chant referencing Belgian forward Lukaku's member.
SPOTTED: Man United fans new chant for Romelu Lukaku. 🙈😂 pic.twitter.com/oeFcVk8cth— SPORF (@Sporf) September 13, 2017
“Kick It Out is aware of footage of alleged racist chanting by supporters of Manchester United that emerged on Wednesday evening (13 September)," the organisation said in a statement, emailed to RT Sport.
"The lyrics used in the chant are offensive and discriminatory. Racist stereotypes are never acceptable in football or wider society, irrespective of any intention to show support for a player.
"We have contacted Manchester United regarding the issue and will be working closely with them and The FA to ensure that it is addressed swiftly. If we receive any reports relating to the discriminatory chant, those will be passed on to the governing body and the perpetrators can expect to face punishment.”
The issue has split opinion on Twitter, where some fans believe the chant is an unimaginative ditty that should not be given the attention it has received, while others agree it is offensive and should be stamped out.
Suggestion: maybe we could sing about Lukaku being a mint footballer instead of racial stereotypes about his dick https://t.co/gpeHa1mwGO— Scott Patterson (@R_o_M) September 18, 2017
"Most black people wouldn't care about this." Ok. Thanks for speaking on behalf of most black people, Mr White Male.— Scott Patterson (@R_o_M) September 18, 2017
Is the Romelu Lukaku chant racist?— @ManUtd_HQ (@ManUtd_HQ) September 19, 2017
"He's our Belgium scoring genius
He's got a 24inch penis"
R/T when voted
No place for racist chanting in football and in my view a fans' song about Lukaku's manhood is RACIST! Join me from 10 on @talkSPORT.— Jim White (@JimWhite) September 19, 2017
It's great to see the fans unite and put a stop to the Romelu Lukaku chant. I'm sure we'll come up with a much better and censored one 👏.— JM¹ (@Mourinholic) September 19, 2017
Lukaku has netted six goals so far in his six games since joining the Reds this summer for £75 million ($100 million) from English Premier League rivals Everton.