Inter Milan forward Romelu Lukaku, who was subjected to racist abuse by Cagliari supporters on Sunday, said that Italian football must combat racism in stadiums if it wants to attract the world’s top players to Serie A.

The Belgian forward, playing only his second game in Italy after a move from Manchester United, was greeted with monkey chants by fans behind the goal when he stepped up to take a penalty which he converted in Inter’s 2-1 win.

Lukaku told the Italian edition of Rolling Stone magazine that he wanted to concentrate on helping his team win.

However, when he was asked if players should walk off the pitch in the case of racist abuse, he appeared to agree.

“Yes, I think you have to leave a statement, of course, because it’s something we need to address,” he said.

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