Moise Kean celebration: talkSPORT caller ‘ashamed to be Juventus fan and Italian’ following abuse and blasts Leonardo Bonucci reaction
A talkSPORT caller has said he is ‘embarrassed to be a Juventus supporter’ after hearing Leonardo Bonucci’s reaction to the racist abuse suffered by team-mate Moise Kean against Cagliari.
Italian teenager Kean, 19, was subjected to racist chants all night from sections of the home support and – like Raheem Sterling against Montenegro – responded by scoring a goal and standing with his arms raised in front of the Cagliari supporters.
But Juve defender Bonucci sensationally claimed after the match that Kean provoked the racial abuse he suffered, saying ‘the blame is 50-50’.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has also faced criticism for saying Kean should have risen above the chants and ‘shouldn’t have celebrated in that manner’.
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And Benito, a Juve fan and native Italian, called into talkSPORT to vent his outrage and shame with his club and nation.
“I’m absolutely disgusted – it’s infuriating,” he said on Wednesday night’s Sports Bar.
“I love Juventus and my country, Italy, but we’re 50 years behind compared to England with the way we treat black footballers and black people in general.
“Kean is fantastic, he’s a young prospect, he’s the future of the club and for Italy, too.
“What happened to him was horrible, but then the reaction is even worse.
“I expected Bonucci to protect him, put an arm around him.
“With what he’s said, I’d get him out of the Juventus squad and my national squad as well. He’s our captain, he’s supposed to be representing us and he’s saying it’s half Kean’s fault for the reaction of the fans.
“I feel embarrassed to be Italian and a Juve fan. We’re not just white, we’re black and white, I Bianconeri!
“Allegri as well, he’s almost blaming the player for the crowd’s reaction. It’s not the player’s fault, he’s done nothing wrong whatsoever on the pitch.
“He is who he is, you don’t discriminate him for the colour of his skin, you judge him for his ability of the pitch and he is top class.
Source: SportsLatest TS