No banners but 30,000 whistles await Lukaku at San Siro

Inter ultras are said to have decided to give around 30,000 whistles outside the Giuseppe Meazza stadium to ‘welcome’ Roma striker Romelu Lukaku.

The Belgian striker was in the spotlight in the summer transfer window after the Nerazzurri decided to pull out of signing him from Chelsea after revealing he had been in talks with rivals Juventus and Milan.

Lukaku has not been forgiven by fans and already many football figures have weighed in on the matter, from Jose Mourinho and Tiago Pinto to Beppe Marotta and former Inter president Massimo Moratti.

As reported by Calciomercato, Inter’s ultras, otherwise known as “Curva Nord”, have decided that no banners will focus on Lukaku in the stands of the Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, but 30,000 whistles will be distributed to fans before the match specifically for to ‘welcome’ the 30-year-old.

The Belgian striker has not been forgiven by the fans and a tense atmosphere is expected in the match to be played on Sunday evening.

In the past, whistles have been used as a form of protest against referees or to disturb a particular player.

For example, Ronaldo, when playing for AC Milan, was booed by Inter fans during a derby. In other matches, such as the one between Fiorentina and Juventus, whistles were used to break up the players.

The use of whistles as a protest is possible, but may be subject to intervention by the referee if it excessively disrupts the flow of the match.