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Mixed reaction on racism in Juve squad



JUVENTUS and Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci has claimed that teammate Moise Kean was “50-50” to blame for racist chants reportedly directed at him. Kean was abused by Cagliari fans after scoring on Tuesday night.

Playing in place of the injured Cristiano Ronaldo, promising Italian teenager Moise Kean scored a fourth goal in as many games to secure a 2-0 win over Cagliari on Tuesday that took Juventus another step closer to an eighth consecutive Serie A title.

But the 19-year-old’s celebrations were marred when by a section of home fans, who had reportedly been targeting him and France international Blaise Matuidi with monkey noises and abuse all game, ramped up the intensity.

The Italian forward celebrated with his hands outstretched in front of the Cagliari fans after scoring, but defender Leonardo Bonucci claimed that Kean should not have provoked the home supporters and said his teammate must share the blame.

“Kean knows that when he scores a goal, he should celebrate that with his teammates. He knows he could have done something differently too,” Bonucci told Sky Sport Italia.

“There were racist jeers after the goal, Blaise heard it and was angered. I think the blame is 50-50, because Moise shouldn’t have done that and the Curva (Cagliari fans) should not have reacted that way.

“We are professionals, we have to set the example and not provoke anyone.”

“Nobody had heard anything up to that point. Kean made a mistake, he’s 19, that’s understandable,” he added, saying he “mostly heard whistles”.

“There is a drift towards self-righteousness that I don’t like, this club has always been exemplary and has always denounced racist behaviour.”

But his defensive partner Chiellini has defended Kean and he has spoken like a true leader.

“Moise is an asset to Italian football, a golden boy who is doing his best and he doesn’t have to pretend to be something he’s not,” the Juventus skipper said.

“I don’t really remember what happened while I was on the pitch, but I’ve seen the pictures of Moise and he didn’t do anything wrong.

“You have to think of him like people do (Nicolo) Zaniolo, (Federico) Chiesa, (Nicolo) Barella (who are all young Italy internationals)… as a positive representation of Italian football, because he deserves that status.

“The only thing he got wrong yesterday was the dive, which I’m sure he won’t repeat, but he’s here to learn. He’s a very positive person and certainly didn’t deserve the insults he received.”



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