Romelu Lukaku has called for the heads of social media giants and Premier League stars to meet and discuss how to avoid tackling on social media. The Manchester United striker says when clubs, players and fans are discussing such matters, social media is the way to do it.
Lukaku told the Manchester Evening News: “Where do you want to start? It’s about listening to each other. But on the other hand, it’s a fast-paced world. We’re talking about culture changes, relationships and habits, so we must try to adapt. This is the way forward. It’s what I would like to see: a meeting with social media CEOs. We need to talk about it, otherwise who’s going to change it?”
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Lukaku claims social media is changing quickly and he does not know how new developments will impact on the game. He says that it is hard to find anyone who is negative about social media in terms of how it can be bad for the game, especially for football players. He claims the time has come to be more open about what can happen in football or around it.
Lukaku said: “Before you got banned and were playing for a five-year period, now it’s one or two years and that’s it, you are banned. I feel sorry for the players, as they get suspended and that’s it. I always knew I had to do my best and one mistake, I get punished and you have to stay focused on your job. It’s the same for social media. I don’t think there’s much hope for players who want to use social media and win friends.”
At just 23 years old, Lukaku is established as one of the most exciting talents in Europe and has scored 36 goals in 39 appearances for Manchester United so far this season. When he signed from Everton last summer, Lukaku insisted he wanted to leave England and expressed a desire to play in the Champions League with United.
He added: “I wanted to play in the Champions League and I wanted to play with United, but at the end I needed to be patient and look at the future. To be honest, I was always with the United project. I was a fan of the club and just had a dream of one day playing for them.”