The big issue coming in the wake of the Romelu Lukaku chant controversy is not simply that some sections of the Manchester United support deemed it funny or acceptable in the first place but that they are steadfast in their refusal to countenance that it could be described as racist. It’s one thing for a fan to make a monkey chant or unleash the N-word on a black player. The footage was described as “hilarious” on YouTube and all the usual banter content sites were asking permission to use it on their own Twitter feeds.
Jurgen Klopp declared himself “sick” after Leicester City rode its luck and displayed some profligate finishing to beat Liverpool in the League Cup third round on Tuesday evening at the King Power Stadium. A recurring theme under Klopp—Liverpool is sparkling in attack and holey like a Swiss cheese in defense. Once Leicester warmed to its task in the second half, it found it far too easy to cut through Liverpool.
It was snapped by Real Betis, by heroics, by guilt-edged misses and by luck. It ended with a 1-0 loss at home, and ended despite 27 Real Madrid shots, and almost two dozen inside the penalty area. The streak, which stretched back to April 2016, also ended despite Cristiano Ronaldo … Or perhaps because of him?