September 24, 2017 / 4:32 AM / a year ago

Soccer: Man United bid to identify fans who chanted Lukaku song

(Reuters) - Manchester United have asked for CCTV footage to help identify fans who ignored pleas not to chant a controversial song about Romelu Lukaku in the club’s 1-0 win at Southampton on Saturday.

Soccer Football - Premier League - Southampton vs Manchester United - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Britain - September 23, 2017 Manchester United's Romelu Lukaku celebrates scoring their first goal Action Images via Reuters/Tony O'Brien

United and Lukaku both requested supporters to refrain from repeating the chant after it was described last week as “racist” by anti-discrimination body Kick It Out.

But the song was again heard from some sections of United’s away supports along with another chant of: “We’re Manchester United, we’ll sing what we want”.

After the game, United released a statement saying they would seek out supporters who “disrespected” Lukaku’s request not to sing the song.

“Manchester United has a zero-tolerance stance on offensive chanting and behaviour,” the club said.

“The club and player have been clear in asking for an end to the chant.

“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.”

Reporting by Neil Robinson,; Editing by Neville Dalton

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