Romelu Lukaku: Man Utd striker calls for football to talk about social media

Lukaku reached the Europa League final for United in May

Romelu Lukaku has urged football’s elite to meet to discuss how social media has “affected” their lives.

The Belgium striker said he was trying to “own my own situation” after receiving abuse online for wearing an outfit carrying the words “Free Palestine”.

“The public has to understand we’re human beings, we have families, wives and children,” the 23-year-old told Instagram.

“We should respect each other enough to talk.”

Lukaku played an integral role as Manchester United reached the Europa League final in May, scoring the decisive goal in extra time in Stockholm.

But when Belgian national team manager Roberto Martinez insisted a debate would be held in the country following Lukaku’s criticism of Zionists on social media, Lukaku was unhappy.

“Until I took off my hat today to my country and my team-mates, I will never be a racist.

“Now that I’ve given myself a passport to another country I’m not a racist, or someone who is against one country, or people with one ethnicity,” he added.

“The most important thing to me is to improve my Arabic. I can speak but not in a public dialogue.

“I feel like if we have a discussion to save soccer – we should have a discussion because if we lose, it’s our fault.”

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