Then no 30,000 whistles to whistle at Romelu Lukaku (30) tomorrow when he returns to the Inter stadium. Last night, it was decided not to allow the “Curva Nord Milano”, the hard core of the club, to hand out the whistles. The anger among Inter fans has not diminished.
HLN has a front row seat to Lukaku’s tumultuous return to Inter. What his (former) teammates say, the actions of the fans and of course the match itself. Follow all the developments in the live blog below!
Inter club Curva Nord Milano announced more than a month ago that it would blow 30,000 whistles at San Siro to whistle Lukaku for every touch of the ball. The message was clear: “Romelu will get the welcome he deserves.”
But that plan is in the trash. Yesterday, after “a busy day full of meetings,” Milan Police Commissioner Giuseppe Petronzi decided to ban anti-Lukaku whistles. Officially, because the sirens might disrupt the match and complicate the referee’s work. Furthermore, the number of whistles in the stadium was expected to be much higher than the announced 30,000, as people would bring their own as well.
There will be stricter inspections at stadium entrances tomorrow. The whistles are not dangerous, of course, but they have become a symbol of the hatred that Inter fans have towards Lukaku after his move to Roma.
The ban is already causing additional anger among Inter fans. Oil on fire. “Once again, huge abuse,” reads Curva Nord Milano’s Instagram page. “Two years ago, 10,000 whistles were allowed at a match in Florence (between Fiorentina and Juventus, when Dusan Vlahovic returned to his former club, editor). Apparently the law is not the same for everyone. Whistling is prohibited at San Siro.”
Italian media reported that the decision was taken after a complaint from the Roma Club.
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Lukaku receives support from an unexpected source
Amidst all the criticism from the old stable, there are those who stand by the striker. “Inter made a big mistake,” says former CEO Ernesto Paolillo.
The man refers to the Champions League final on June 10, 2022 against Manchester City. Lukaku had to be content with a substitute role. “Lukaku was disappointed, they disappointed him. He was not treated properly. Romelu deserved to play from the first minute. When he can rely on his new teammates, not on the wings who were already tired and no longer able to reach Lukaku and dribble him in the right way.
For Paulillo, it makes sense that Lukaku, partly because of this final, will look elsewhere. “Lukaku wanted guarantees to be the Nerazzurri’s first striker. But he did not get that promise. So it makes sense for everyone to make their own choices. So I understand why Lukaku rejected an offer from Inter.”
Mourinho: I didn’t know that Lukaku was so important in Milan
It is also a return to the old stable of Jose Mourinho. But the Portuguese coach is serving his suspension in the Italian League, and therefore will not be on the bench with the Romans. The Special One responded earlier in a press moment to a question about Inter fans’ plans: “I did not know that Lukaku was so important in Milan.” “Agreed, he has won the Serie A title and some other trophies, but that might apply to 200 players. Lukaku moving from Inter to Roma is a drama, but Calhanoglu moving from Milan to Inter is a miracle. The same goes for players like Cannavaro Vieri and many others. “That’s why I find it surprising that Lukaku seems to play such a big role in Inter’s history.”
Going to Inter with confidence: Lukaku scored in the 14th (!) match in a row
Lukaku has already had a good rehearsal for his big return to Milan. He scored a goal against Slavia Prague 2-0 in the Europa League yesterday. Very impressive: this has already happened in 14 consecutive Premier League matches. Going into the match with confidence, that’s what they call it.
look. Lukaku’s beautiful goal
It is expected to be a warm return for Romelu Lukaku. Inter fans love him dearly after courting Juventus last summer. Especially with a hard coreCurva Nord Milano’ which has been planning for some time. For example, Lukaku is given 30,000 whistles for every touch of the ball. “He fled Milan like a thief in the night, without saying goodbye to his teammates,” the fans’ association said in a statement. “Lukaku will receive the welcome he deserves, unlike Jose Mourinho who will still receive our greetings after 13 years. You reap what you sow. On October 29, we will express our disgust at someone who shamefully turned his back on us.”
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