Moise Kean: Leonardo Bonucci ‘expressed himself badly’ over racist abuse of team-mate, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri says
Massimiliano Allegri claims Leonardo Bonucci ‘expressed himself badly’ when commenting on the racist abuse team-mate Moise Kean received during Juventus’ defeat of Cagliari.
Bonucci opened the scoring against the Sardinian club on Tuesday with Kean adding Juve’s second late on, after being subjected to racial abuse from a section of the home support.
The forward celebrated his goal in front of the Cagliari fans as a response to their abuse, and Bonucci said after the match that Kean must shoulder half the blame for being abused due to his actions.
“I think the blame is 50-50, because Moise shouldn’t have done that and the Curva (Cagliari’s ‘ultra’ fans) should not have reacted that way,” said Bonucci.
“We are professionals, we have to set the example and not provoke anyone.”
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Bonucci later came out to claim his comments were ‘misunderstood’, and Allegri, who was himself criticised for saying Kean should not have celebrated in the manner he did, tried to set the record straight at the club’s press conference on Friday.
“Racism must always be fought against and is never justifiable,” Allegri said.
“With his mind still on the game, post-match, Bonucci expressed himself badly but realised this and apologised. These two things are distinct.”
Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini led the player protests to referee Piero Giacomelli, who also spoke to both managers, about the racist abuse.
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Cagliari skipper Luca Ceppitelli appealed directly to the home fans behind the goal for the offensive chants to stop.
Juve midfielder Blaise Matuidi appeared to gesture to Allegri that he should take his players off. There was a delay of around three minutes. An announcement had been made over the public address system to highlight the issue – which was greeted by more jeers from some home supporters.
Afterwards, Kean posted a message on Instagram with a photo of his celebration and a caption which read: “The best way to respond to racism #notoracism.”
Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, who was racially abused during a Premier League game at Chelsea earlier this season, mocked Bonucci’s comments in a post on Instagram.
“The blame is 50-50 @bonuccileo19,” Sterling wrote alongside a number of laughing and applause emojis.
“All you can do now is laugh.”
Source: SportsLatest TS