Manchester United are in hot water and now seeking legal advice after fans sang a song deemed to be racist about the size of Romelu Lukaku’s penis.
The song sung to the tune of Stone Roses hit Made of Stone, was heard during United’s 3-3 victory over Basel and during their 4-0 win over Everton, both at old Trafford
The anti-discrimination body Kick It Out intervened after video footage emerged of the fans chants, clearly based on the stereotypes about the size of black men’s genitals.
They have written to the club to inform them of their awareness of the”alleged racist chanting by supporters of Manchester United that emerged on Wednesday evening (September 13).”
The twenty word chant which supports Lukaku includes the lyrics:
“He’s our Belgium scoring genius.
“He’s got a 24-inch penis,
“Scoring all the goals, b*****d to his toes.”
Lukaku who joined United from fellow Premier League club Everton during the summer, for an initial £75m in a deal that could rise to £90m, has scored seven goals in his first seven games including one during the Basel game.
The club responded with a statement that read: “Manchester United are speaking to the relevant authorities about the song and will act accordingly depending on the advice they’re given.
“United have a zero tolerance stance towards any forms of racism. Greater Manchester Police have had no complaints about the song at all.”
United’s desire to seek legal advice comes a week after Chelsea’s decision to ban an anti-semitic song about striker Alvaro Morata, after the Spain international complained the song was racially abusive.
A Chelsea spokesman said at the time: “The club and the players appreciate the fans passionate support away from home, of course, but the language in that song is not acceptable at all.
“I’ve spoken to Alvaro about it. Alvaro does not want to be connected with that particular song in any way and both the player and club request the supporters stop singing it with immediate effect.”