Romelu Lukaku Chant Used by Manchester United Fans Despite Request to Stop

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistSeptember 23, 2017

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - AUGUST 26:  Romelu Lukaku of Manchester United in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Leicester City at Old Trafford on August 26, 2017 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
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Manchester United supporters have rejected pleas from their club to cease singing a chant about star striker Romelu Lukaku.

It was heard again in Saturday's Premier League clash against Southampton, and The Mirror's Alex Smith reported the Red Devils now face a fine. The chant, which refers to Lukaku's manhood, was deemed offensive by the Kick It Out group organised to fight discrimination in football.

Not only were United fans heard signing the chant once again, but they also made their stance on the urge to stop it clear, as told by The Telegraph's Sam Wallace:

After the match, United released a statement regarding the chant, per Simon Peach of the Press Association: 

Kick It Out released a statement explaining how the reinforcement of a racial stereotype is unacceptable even if the intent of the chant is not to insult the forward:

"Racist stereotypes are never acceptable in football or wider society, irrespective of any intention to show support for the 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."

Lukaku himself even remarked on the matter via the club's official Twitter account and supported the notion of putting an end to the song:

At the least, Lukaku hasn't let the controversy impact his performance at St Mary's Stadium, where he scored the opening goal on Saturday: 

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