Everton’s majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri has been accused of making up the story about Romelu Lukaku and voodoo.
Lukaku left Goodison Park for Manchester United in a £75m deal in 2017, bringing an end to a four-year and 87 goal spell with the Toffees.
The move came as he pushed for a return to former club Chelsea, who instead elected to sign Alvaro Morata and force Lukaku to Manchester United.
His exit proved to be a sorely disappointing one for Everton, who just months earlier appeared to have convinced the striker to sign an extended and improved offer to stay on Merseyside.
It was later explained by Moshiri at the club’s General Meeting that Lukaku had revealed his decision to leave was made after a trip to Africa and ’a voodoo’ convinced him to move on.
The Guardian quoted him as saying: “Then in the meeting Rom called his mother. He said he was on a pilgrimage in Africa or somewhere and he had a voodoo and he got the message that he needs to go to Chelsea.”
That claim reared its head once again recently when Lukaku clashed with Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the Milan derby, with the veteran striker reportedly telling the Inter man to ‘go do your voodoo’, in reference to Moshiri’s claims.
That’s now seen the AC Milan facing punishment for his comments and, speaking about the potential case, Milan lawyer Leonardo Cantamessa has dismissed the voodoo story as a fabrication from the Everton chief.
“Accusation of racism against Ibra? It does not exist. It is absurd, grotesque, to think of one who lived in a sort of ghetto,” he told Radio Punto Nuovo, relayed by FC Inter News.
“I do not know Romelu, but Chicco Capellini, my student and Inter lawyer, he always told me that he is a very intelligent person.
“I will not find him against in this judgment, Lukaku should abstractly answer certain phrases and Ibrahimovic did not understand what.
“Voodoo rites? The president of Everton, to justify his affairs with Lukaku, came up with this story.”