By Obiajulu Chiagoziem
Chelsea’s new forward and Belgian international striker Romelu Lukaku has joined his team mate, Marco Alonso in questioning the effectiveness of taking the knee before games.
According to Lukaku, the observation of the fight against racism through taking a knee before every match is deteriorating and actually losing its effectiveness in football’s fight against racism. He equally called on social media companies to do more to combat online abuse.
Before now, some players like Marco Alonso and Wilfred Zaha had objected against the kneeling action.
Joining the likes of Alonso, Lukaku said: “I think we can take stronger positions, basically. Yes, we are taking the knee, but in the end, everybody’s clapping but, sometimes after the game, you see another insult.”
Lukaku added that social media executives must take the lead in tackling online hate.
“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.
“I have to fight, because I’m not fighting only for myself. I’m fighting for my son, for my future kids, for my brother, for all of the other players and their kids, you know, for everybody.
“At the end of the day, football should be an enjoyable game. You cannot kill the game by discrimination. That should never happen.” he concluded.