United have been asked to consider banning the song which is sang to the tune of the ‘Made of Stone’ by the Stone Roses and has been heard on several occasions since Lukaku’s £90million move from Everton this summer.
Supporters make reference to the striker being well-endowed and a number of United supporters have spoken out on social media that they are uncomfortable with the chant.
Anti-discriminatory groups have also called for people to stop singing the song.
But Ince, who enjoyed a memorable six-year spell at Old Trafford, believes the United fans were having a bit fun and says the players would have laughed it off.
Ince, who was speaking exclusively to Paddy Power News, said: “Personally, I don’t think the chant is racist. I honestly think it’s a group of fans that have got carried away and did not expect the backlash they have got. I’d say it’s just a bit of fun, that’s got out of control now.
“For a player to hear that sung about themselves, I do think they’d think it was amusing, a bit of a laugh. If this chant was being sang at me when I was playing, I would just laugh it off and that would be it. Fans have sung chants for years and far worse than that in my time, though I suppose a lot of them would have never been heard because of social media.
“But, to be honest, it’s not just about Romelu Lukaku and he feels about it. It’s also about how other people in the stadium might feel hearing that, children, elderly people and families. It’s not something you should be singing anyway. Whether it’s racist or not – which I think is a massive grey area – from a club point of view fans shouldn’t be singing that.
“Would you want your kid coming home knowing those words? I think those singing it need to have a think about it from that point of view. It’s something that needs to be addressed and nipped in the bud quickly, whether you think it’s racist or not. Which I’m just not sure it is.
“I’m not sure what the need is to sing about a players’ penis is at all, the rest of the song is about him and that’s fine.
“One thing’s for sure, that if the club disagrees with it, Man United won’t waste time in banning people. They’ll be gone, but the problem they’ll face is if 5,000 fans are belting it out.Hopefully it will be addressed sooner rather than later now it has been brought into the public eye.”
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