Romelu Lukaku: Man Utd striker calls for meeting with social media CEOs to talk over violence on internet

Lukaku was sent off for violent conduct after grabbing Kim Kallstrom by the throat during Manchester United’s game against Valencia on 5 October Footballers should meet social media CEOs to discuss how football can…

Romelu Lukaku: Man Utd striker calls for meeting with social media CEOs to talk over violence on internet

Lukaku was sent off for violent conduct after grabbing Kim Kallstrom by the throat during Manchester United’s game against Valencia on 5 October

Footballers should meet social media CEOs to discuss how football can deal with issues of violence on the internet, Romelu Lukaku has said.

The Belgian striker, 26, has called for discussions on whether football should create its own forum to discuss the growing issue.

The world governing body Fifa wants football’s governing body Uefa to set up an independent body to investigate online abuse.

Lukaku, who is an ambassador for Nike, said he supported any move to tackle violence.

“You’ve just got to talk and try to come up with solutions,” he said.

“When [it happens] on the pitch it’s over and done with, but at the club the next morning the mood in the hotel’s different and the next day’s training session is different.

“It’s a psychological and a psychological damage and we have to address that.

“It’s important that football is the leader and tries to put a stop to that. That’s why we should [have] meetings with people in charge of the internet, football and sports as a whole to find a solution to these types of things.”

Lukaku was sent off for violent conduct after grabbing Valencia’s Kim Kallstrom by the throat during Manchester United’s match on 5 October.

His comments come as Fifa has admitted that Uefa could not investigate every online incident because its legal team did not have the requisite jurisdiction.

However, the global governing body added that they will investigate allegations that the Spain international had used an abusive term towards Marouane Fellaini and indicated that they would send a warning letter to Uefa about his actions.

Asked whether he would give more support to Uefa’s plans, Lukaku said: “If I could have the chance to change my life and football, my life would have been the same. I would tell them to step in.”

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