FA react as Lukaku calls for meeting, questions taking knee

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FA react as Lukaku calls for meeting, questions taking knee

Romelu Lukaku believes Chelsea can lead an example in the fight against discrimination.

Lukaku has long been forthright and outspoken over football’s continued battle with racist abuse.

The striker has  and has often been the subject of racist abuse, once pointing out that ‘when things were going well, I was reading newspapers articles and they were calling me Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian striker’ but ‘when things weren’t going well, they were calling me Romelu Lukaku, the Belgian striker of Congolese descent’.

He has opened up once again on the situation, calling on social media CEOs and football associations to take action.

“The captains of every team, and four or five players, like the big personalities of every team, should have a meeting with the CEOs of Instagram and governments and the FA and the PFA, and we should just sit around the table and have a big meeting about it,” Lukaku told CNN in an exclusive interview.

“How we can attack it straight away, not only from the men’s game, but also from the women’s game.

“I think just all of us together and just have a big meeting and have a conference and just talk about stuff that needs to be addressed to protect the players, but also to protect fans and younger players that want to become professional footballers.”

CNN add that an FA spokesperson confirmed Chelsea had been contacted ‘directly to arrange a discussion with Lukaku’.

“We always welcome conversations on this important subject with players and others across the game,” the spokesperson said. The PFA has also ‘reached out to Lukaku through Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta to try and organise a meeting and find out how they can better work together.’

Lukaku shows no sign of giving up this battle.

“At the end of the day, football should be an enjoyable game,” he said. “You cannot kill the game by discrimination. That should never happen.

“Football is joy, it’s happiness and it shouldn’t be a place where you feel unsafe because of the opinion from some uneducated people.

“If you want to stop something, you can really do it. We as players, we can say: ‘Yeah, we can boycott social media,’ but I think it’s those companies that have to come and talk to the teams, or to the governments, or to the players themselves and find a way how to stop it because I really think they can.”

Chelsea showed their initiative in that regard by launching the No To Hate campaign in March after Reece James was the victim of racist abuse. Lukaku feels such movements set an example.

“I think right now, from the owner to us, the players, we as a club, we are really putting out a statement and taking a position that stuff like that should not be tolerated,” he said.

“Because, in our team, we have a lot of players that represent the club from different nationalities, different skin colours, different religions, also the women’s team where it’s the same thing.

“So I think us as a club, I think we should be an example for the other teams and basically say that, you know, whenever a form of discrimination is happening, that the club is taking a strong position and prosecuting everything that’s happening in the stands.”

Teammate Marcos Alonso suggested that taking the knee before matches was “losing a bit of strength” and he would instead point to the club’s badge. Lukaku will continue with the former gesture but admits taking the knee has its limitations.

“I think we can take stronger positions, basically,” he said. “Yeah, we are taking the knee, but in the end, everybody’s clapping but…sometimes after the game, you see another insult.”

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Villa signing set for starting role after impressive start – pundit

Charlie Nicholas believes that Aston Villa winger Leon Bailey will be a starter for the club “eventually” after his first goal for the club at the weekend.

Bailey joined Dean Smith’s side in the summer from Bayer Leverkusen and has made a bright start to his Villa Park career despite struggling with injuries.

Villa currently find themselves sitting in tenth place in the Premier League. A decent start having lost the clubs talisman Jack Grealish in the summer and a number of new faces coming through the door.



Emi Buendia was brought in from Norwich, Danny Ings made the move from Southampton, as well as the addition of the experienced Ashley Young. However, it is Bailey who looks like he could be the real deal.

The Jamaican international came on as a second half substitute against Everton on Saturday and had an immediate impact on the game.

Lucas Digne’s own goal was a result of a Bailey corner before the

Now, former Celtic and Arsenal forward Nicholas has revealed his admiration for the way Villa have started the season, naming Ollie Watkins, Ings and Bailey as players who have particularly impressed him.

Speaking on the Where’s Jeff? Podcast (), Nicholas had this to say: “I thought he was excellent. I know the Villa fans have been talking about this lad for a while, and they were just waiting for the right time to put him into the side.

“I think Ollie Watkins looks sharp and that partnership with Danny Ings who is intelligent, could be a real strength. Bailey, you’re right, it was a brilliant finish. He didn’t think too long about it, he just wanted to get his laces through it and it will do him the world of good.

“The manager is probably sat there now saying ‘I’ve got another one, I’ve picked another one’. He’ll eventually be a starter, he’ll be a starter eventually.”

Villa travel to Manchester United this weekend, with the hope that they can capitalise on United’s poor defeat in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night. 

 

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