'We're Manchester United, we'll sing what we want!' Fans respond to being told not to chant Romelu Lukaku song
The song, to the tune of the Stone Roses' Made of Stone, has caused controversy as it references the size of the striker's penis
Manchester United fans have continued to chant the Romelu Lukaku song despite being urged by the player not to do so.
The Belgian has swiftly established himself as a fans' favourite since his big-money summer switch from Everton, thanks in no small part to six goals in as many games and added a seventh opening the scoring against Southampton on Saturday afternoon.
Lukaku already has a couple of chants in his honour, although one to the tune of the Stone Roses' Made of Stone has caused controversy as it references the size of his penis.
"Great backing since I joined #MUFC," he was quoted as saying on the club's official Twitter account earlier this week. "Fans have meant well with their songs but let's move on together. #RespectEachOther"
But the vocal away section at St Mary's continued to sing it on Saturday before responding with "We're Manchester United, we'll sing what we want".
The song, using a stereotype about black men, led anti-discrimination body Kick It Out to call for action against the "racist" chant.
United contacted relevant bodies to see whether the song could be categorised as racism by the letter of the law, while saying once again in a statement following the game they have a "zero tolerance" to behaviour of this kind.
"Manchester United has a zero tolerabce stance on offensive chanting and behaviour," the statement read. "The club and player have been clear in asking for an end to the chant.
"The club worked with relevant bodies and supporters' groups in trying to eradicate any offensive behaviour and will take further action against individuals if this continues.
"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."
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