Raheem Sterling: Manchester City forward labels Leonardo Bonucci’s comments laughable after Juventus youngster Moise Kean suffers racial abuse


Raheem Sterling: Manchester City forward labels Leonardo Bonucci’s comments laughable after Juventus youngster Moise Kean suffers racial abuse

Raheem Sterling has branded criticism of Moise Kean laughable after the Juventus striker was racially abused by fans on Tuesday.

Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci claimed team-mate Kean should take “50-50” of the blame for the abuse he suffered in his side’s 2-0 win at Cagliari.

Raheem Sterling hit out at Leonardo Bonucci for his comments on Moise Kean

England international Sterling, who was racially abused in last month’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro, took to Instagram to counter Bonucci’s argument.

“The blame is 50-50 @bonuccileo19,” Manchester City forward Sterling posted on his story alongside a number of laughing and applause emojis.

“All you can do now is laugh.”

Kean was abused all night by sections of Cagliari supporters, with monkey chants aimed at him, but the 19-year-old had the final say when scoring Juve’s second goal win with five minutes left.

The Italy striker stood next to the post, his arms spread in defiant response to the abuse coming from the stands behind.

His reaction was criticised by Bonucci, who told Sky Sport Italia after the game: “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.

Kean was racially abused by Cagliari fans on Tuesday night

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

Also writing on Instagram, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba said: “I support every fight against racism, we’re all equal.”

Pogba added in Italian: “Good Italians wake up, you can’t let a small racist group speak for you. #equalgame #respect”

Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini led the player protests to referee Piero Giacomelli, who also spoke to both managers, about the racist abuse.

Cagliari skipper Luca Ceppitelli appealed directly to the home fans behind the goal for the offensive chants to stop.

Leonardo Bonucci said his Juventus team-mate should have acted more professional on Tuesday night