Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Tammy Abraham, Paul Pogba and Kurt Zouma.
The list goes on.
Yet players have been subjected to abuse, either online or in person.
In the case of all Lukaku, it highlights a number of complexities of the relations of a club with its own supporters.
In January, Inter Milan launched an anti-racism campaign adopting the acronym BUU – Brothers Universally United.
Their aim was“… to turn the sound of jeers or boos, written as“buu“ in Italian, to some positive message.“
There is not any question that their“Write it, do not mention it“ content is a powerful one however, in the past couple of days, could not they have done more?
„Our fans really are unique and they deserve a form of football that promotes positive and inclusive worth,“ explained Steven Zhang, Inter Milan president, in January.
But the simple fact is that Lukaku, an Inter Milan worker, suffered racial abuse during their game. Monkey chants were discovered and he was understandably upset.
The fact is that some of the club’s personal’Curva Nord’ lovers do not feel that those chants were still so racist.
Where was that the club statement condemning the remarks of the couple that were vocal? What’s more, where was an activity plan educate those supporters?
Yes, the bulk of fans will likely undoubtedly be law-abiding taxpayers. But more needs to be done.
Inter Milan believe they’re currently doing to challenge discriminatory behaviour and also their’BUU’ campaign was regarded as a statement in Italy. They do not feel the need to comment on the fan statement that is inflammatory.
Cynics will suggest they do not want to criticise an influential set of their own fans. It’s pathetic, if that’s the situation.
In contrast, Cagliari said it needs to ban“those ignorant individuals whose shameful actions and behaviors are entirely against these values“.
Lukaku included:“I expect the soccer federations around [the] world react strongly on most cases of discrimination!!!“
UEFA state the matter is to get the Italian Football Federation and will not get involved before discriminatory behaviour takes place in one.
Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund, Barcelona and Slavia Prague in their Champions League group will perform with. Let us hope their fans do not begin to work with some“ways“ to attempt to“make our competitions nervous“
FIFA have yet to present their response to the statement from Inter’s supporters.
The Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) ought to be rightly applauded for their most recent action plan, which urges social media firms to permanently delete the reports of anybody who’s submitted a racist comment.
The most current response of twitter still raises more questions than answers.
What, specifically, is your“swift action“ they will take? What, precisely, are the“amount of proactive measures“ taken? They have to elaborate.
Twitter says it has taken action on over 700 cases of hateful conduct in the past two weeks.
For context, Twitter has 126 million users every day. A tiny proportion of these users engage in racist behaviour but it still too many. Are balances permitted to remain anonymised? Where is the accountability?
There’s absolutely no doubt that governing bodies and clubs have good intentions. But, aside from well-crafted statements and PowerPoint demonstrations, will they really change behaviours?
More action is required. Talk is cheap.