New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Luciano Passirani, an Italian based TV pundit has been sacked for making a racial on-air quote about striker Romelu Lukaku who recently joined Inter Milan from Manchester United.

The commentator made racially abusive comments during the match between Inter Milan and Udinese. He went on to say "Lukaku is one of the strongest, I like him a lot because he has strength: he is the alter ego of Duvan Zapata at Atalanta," CNN reported.

"They have something more than the others, there's nothing else to do. They score the goals and drag your team forward. If you go one-on-one with him, he will kill you. Either you give him 10 bananas to eat, or," he added on air.

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The comments forced the program director Fabio Ravezzani to sack Passirani saying " he could no longer participate in our broadcasts despite him being the first to apologize".

"One of our commentators, in trying to define Lukaku's strength through a series of compliments, unfortunately, chose a very bad metaphor that turned out to be racist. We cannot tolerate that, even unintentionally, a person who speaks for hours makes racist comments," Ravezzani said.

It is not the first time that Lukakau has faced racial abuse in the Italian Serie A. Earlier, Inter Milan fans hurled monkey chants at him.

After the incident, the striker released a statement on Instagram, saying, "Many players in the last month have suffered from racial abuse. Football is a game to be enjoyed by everyone and we should not accept any form of discrimination that will put our game in shame".

"I hope the football federations all over the world react strongly to all cases of discrimination. Social media platforms need to work better as well with football clubs because every day you see at least a racist comment under a post of a person of colour," he added.

His former Man Utd teammates Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford too have faced racial abuse after they failed to convert penalties into goals.

(with ANI inputs)

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