Romelu Lukaku was not racially abused by the Cagliari fans over the weekend this according to Inter's Curva Nord supporters.
The group, in a letter, claimed that the chants from the opposing fans were "a form of respect" and claimed that racism was not a "real problem" in Italy.
The letter, posted on the group's Facebook page, begins: "Hi Romelu. We are writing to you on behalf of the Curva Nord; yes, the guys who welcomed you on your arrival in Milan.
"We are really sorry you thought that what happened in Cagliari was racist. You have to understand that Italy is not like many other north European countries where racism is a real problem.
“We understand that this is what may have seemed to you but it is not so. In Italy, we use certain ways just to help the team and try to make opponents nervous not by racism but to make them go wrong.”
The group continue, claiming such chants are common to "help our teams", adding: "We are not racist and so nor are the Cagliari fans."
"Please consider this attitude of Italian fans as a form of respect for the fact they are afraid of you for the goals you might score against their teams and not because they hate you or they are racist," the Curva Nord said.
Lukaku, who joined Inter in a club-record deal from Manchester United last month, appeared to be the subject of monkey chants from Cagliari supporters as he scored in the Nerazzurri's 2-1 Serie A away win on Sunday.
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