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ManU Will Liaise With Police To Identify Fans Singing Offensive Lukaku Song

ManU is "liaising with Hampshire police and Southampton in an attempt to identify supporters who ignored an appeal not to sing an offensive chant about Romelu Lukaku" after the Belgian striker scored the only goal of the game on Saturday, according to Dominic Fifield of the London GUARDIAN. Swathes of the away support in the stadium sang the song in the aftermath of Lukaku's goal, and followed it up with: "We're Man United, we'll sing what we want." That was despite anti-discrimination group Kick It Out, ManU and Lukaku "having urged fans not to indulge in the chant." Club Manager José Mourinho suggested he had not heard the chant, and described the substantial away support as "amazing." In a statement, ManU said, "Manchester United has a zero tolerance stance on offensive chanting and behaviour. The club and player have been clear in asking for an end to the chant" (GUARDIAN, 9/23). In London, Sam Wallace reported ManU threatened action against any of the club's fans it identifies on CCTV as having sung the racially offensive song. It said, "The club is in discussion with the police and has asked for CCTV footage from Southampton and will try to identify those who disrespected the player's wishes not to sing the song" (TELEGRAPH, 9/23). The BBC reported a Kick it Out spokesperson said, "Kick It Out would like to reiterate its stance that such behavior has no place in football. Romelu Lukaku himself has requested that the supporters 'move on' from singing the chant in question and Manchester United now has a responsibility to ensure that the request is complied with" (BBC, 9/23).