Lukaku receives apology after Chelsea stars fury at mistaken identity

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Romelu Lukaku has received a grovelling apology from a national newspaper after being misidentified in a story. The Sun ran a piece online claiming the Inter Milan loanee had been ‘spotted’ smoking an E-Cigarette in Milan – only for the accompanying picture to be a man who is not Lukaku. 

The story was deleted after the mistake was made clear. Lukaku strongly condemned the Sun in an Instagram post and implied that he will take legal action. 

“The [Sun] newspaper, you guys are messing with the wrong one. Keep f****** playing… my people will contact you very soon,” the Chelsea striker wrote. 

“You guys are lame for posting a picture that ain’t me and posting the wrong info,” the 29-year-old added. His Instagram story was accompanied by two face-palm emojis. 

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Lukaku has now received an apology from the newspaper. A statement from the Sun read: “Earlier today we posted an incorrect picture and story about Romelu Lukaku on the Sun website. 

“We were supplied the image by an agency who had incorrectly identified Mr Lukaku, but we take full responsibility for our own error in not performing the necessary checks and will take appropriate action to prevent this kind of mistake from happening again. We offer our sincerest apologies to Mr Lukaku.”

Express Sport has contacted Lukaku’s representatives and Inter Milan for comment. 

Lukaku is on loan at Inter from Chelsea, having endured a frustrating campaign in the Premier League last term. He fell out of favour under then-boss Thomas Tuchel, scoring just eight top-flight goals following his huge £97.5million move from Inter. 

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Since his return to the Italian club on loan, injuries have prevented the Belgian from making an impact. Lukaku has not played since August 26 due to a muscular problem. 

He has played only three times for Inter this season, scoring one goal on the opening day of the campaign against Lecce. The former Manchester United man also grabbed an assist in a 3-0 win over Spezia. 

Lukaku is on a season-long loan from the Azzurri but some reports claim that the deal could be extended beyond the summer of 2023. New Chelsea boss Graham Potter is yet to discuss Lukaku publicly, although Lukaku would find summer purchase Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in his way should he return to Stamford Bridge. 

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