Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold says teams and fans should be punished for racism after monkey chants were aimed at Romelu Lukaku in a match against Cagliari.
The Inter Milan striker was targeted during the 2-1 win over Cagliari on Saturday 1, but the Italian FA’s sporting justice panel ruled on Wednesday the chants could not be considered discriminatory in terms of the “scale and realisation”.
Alexander-Arnold says all teams and their supporters must be punished for incidents of discrimination at football matches.
“Obviously I think the Italian FA had their reasons for not punishing them [Cagliari] but I think every team should be punished. Every team’s fans should be punished for those sorts of actions,” the Liverpool full-back said.
“It shouldn’t be happening in the game, nowadays especially. I think it’s disappointing to see that.
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On social media abuse of Robertson
Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson reportedly deactivated his Twitter account after receiving abuse in the wake of conceding a penalty in Tuesday’s 2-0 Champions League loss at Napoli.
Alexander-Arnold says the players will rally around Robertson and make sure the Scotsman has all the support he needs from his team-mates.