After their on-field altercation during their team’s match against Sampdoria, Romelu Lukaku and Nicolo Barella are reportedly candidates to get a fine from Inter Milan.
The argument between Lukaku and Barella took place in the closing minutes of the first half, and it was precipitated by Barella’s frustrated gesture of raising both arms into the air after Lukaku made a careless turnover with the ball.
The player on loan from Chelsea was upset by the response of his teammate and yelled at Barella, “Don’t do that, enough with these arms!” That ought not to be done! It’s not only bad, but it’s also offensive; please stop!’
Lukaku responded to Barella’s yelling at him by telling him, “F*** you, son of ab***h,” which brought an end to the altercation between the two forwards.
As a result, Inter are planning to conduct an investigation into the event on and they may decide to issue fines to both players as a means of ensuring that such interactions do not take place in the future.
After the game, manager Simone Inzaghi addressed the media and stated that it was upsetting to see the two players shouting with each other. However, he denied that there was any kind of long-term fracture between them.
Inzaghi stated that “these things happen on the pitch,” adding that “they shouldn’t happen” and that “I don’t like to see them.”
They have a close relationship, as evidenced by the fact that they sat together during the break. Clearly, these are the kinds of occurrences I would rather not witness.
In addition, the Inter defender Stefan de Vrij stated that the dispute had been resolved in a timely manner.
“I hadn’t noticed it; I found out after the break,” he said. “They promptly cleaned the air, and now we must look forward.”
When Lukaku was at Inter for the first time, he and Barella formed a productive partnership that was instrumental in the Nerazzurri winning the Serie A championship in the 2020-21 season.
Lukaku made a name for himself during the season by scoring 24 goals in the league, which led to a lucrative transfer to Chelsea in the offseason.
However, things have not gone according to plan for him since he returned to the San Siro, as he has only reached the back of the goal twice in his 12 outings so far this season.
Inzaghi’s club is currently 15 points behind the runaway leaders Napoli, and this may have led to tempers spilling out on the pitch on Monday night. Barella and Inter have also been some way off their best recently, and this may have added to the situation.