You don’t hide it anymore – Sky Sports accused of ‘racism’ after bizarre Ademola Lookman omission


Ademola Lookman was Atalanta's hero in their historic Europa League win, but was not recognized by Sky Sports in the congratulatory graphic.

Sky Sports is facing intense criticism and accusations of racism after the sports broadcaster failed to acknowledge Ademola Lookman's heroic performance in Atalanta's Europa League final win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Nigeria international Lookman was the undisputed star of the show, scoring a stunning hat-trick to secure a historic 3-0 win for the Italian side on Wednesday.


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Sky Sports faces backlash over Lookman

Despite the display they put in 26 years ago against Leverkusen, on Sky Sports, in the post-match congratulations graphic, it was not possible to see the winner of the match.

Angry Nigerian fans took to social media to express their frustration, condemning the apparent snub as a blatant act of racism.

Ademola Lookman lifts the European League title after a historic display against Bayer Leverkusen.

Ademola Lookman lifts the European League title after a historic display against Bayer Leverkusen.

Ademola Lookman lifts the European League title after a historic display against Bayer Leverkusen.

“You guys don't hide it anymore. Racism without any shame!” read one tweet, while another asked: “Where is Lockman in this picture?”

Another user expressed disbelief, asking: “How in seven heavens does this make sense to all of you out there?”

The backlash was swift and unforgiving, with many accusing Sky Sports of deliberately overlooking the Super Eagles star's match-winning exploits.

“Why on earth don’t you include the guy who scored a hat-trick in the final to win Atalanta their first major title in 60 years???” One user asked,

Ademola Lookman with his parents

Ademola Lookman with his parents | Credit: X (Pulse Sports Nigeria)

Ademola Lookman with his parents

While another student said: “His name is Ademola Lookman. He is from Nigeria. He plays for the Nigerian Super Eagles. He scored all three goals. You should know better and do better.”

The furore has put Sky Sports under intense scrutiny, with many calling on the broadcaster to address the issue and provide a satisfactory explanation for the apparent disdain for the Nigerian uproar.

As the controversy rages, the spotlight remains firmly focused on Sky Sports, as the network faces mounting pressure to address allegations of racial bias and ensure all athletes, regardless of their background, get the recognition they deserve.

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