A Juventus striker faced anti-Semitic abuse. His Teammate and his coach said he aroused it.
Few hours after the president of European soccer’s governing body advised referees on Tuesday to call a stop to games spoiled by racial abuse, the black Juventus striker Moise Kean was subjected to racist abuse by fans and then disparaged by one of his own teammates, as well as his manager, who damned him for provoking the jeer.
The offend directed at Kean and the rebuke from his teammate and his coach came only hours after Aleksander Ceferin, the president of UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, had told an impartiality meeting in London that his organization would talk to referees and persuade them not to be afraid to act if they listened to racist abuse from the throng.
A few hours later, in a match in Italy’s Series A at Cagliari, Kean, a 19 year old Italian and two other black teammates, the French midfielder Blaise Matuidi and the Brazilian defender Alex Sandro, were subjected to constant racial abuse from Cagliari fans during Juventus’s 2-0 achievement.
19-year-old Moise Kean strikes AGAIN!
He has scored a goal in each of his last four games! pic.twitter.com/2EWBkJZotx
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After the game, nevertheless, the Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci advised that Kean should shoulder a similar share of the blame as his celebration had alienated those in Cagliari’s Curva the end of the stadium where the team’s most ardent fans are accommodated who were racially abusing him.
— Blaise Matuidi (@MATUIDIBlaise) April 2, 2019
Massimiliano Allegri, Juventus’s coach, told reporters that nothing legitimize the act of the fans describing those who had racially abused his players as idiots he, too, advised that Kean had provoked few of the nastiness.
Allegri, a former Cagliari manager said that he should not have celebrated in that way. He added that he is a young man and has to learn, but few things from the throng also should not be heard. You need a big intellect to deal with these situations and should not provoke humans.
Allegri claimed that he does not trust halting games is the solution to ending racist abuse, however, as, he said that not everybody in the stadium should be chastened for the conduct of a few. He said that he doesn’t think to talk about it all the time helps.
Kean also posted his own reply on his Instagram account: a picture of his silent, arms-out goal celebration and the words, “The best way to reply to racism.”
The president of Cagliari, Tommaso Giulini, said that Juventus players had told him that Kean was incorrect to celebrate in front of the home fans, and he deplored all of the moralizings over the occurrence demanding that there had been no racist abuse until Kean had incensed the fans.
A confusion of high-profile players moved instantly to help Kean: Raheem Sterling, himself a sufferer of racist abuse this season, told Bonucci on Instagram that his remarks were ridiculous; Paul Pogba, a first Juventus player, encouraged good Italians to “wake up, you can’t let a small racist group speak for you.”
The abuse directed at Kean was only the newest in a prayer of racist events in Italian soccer: In December, the Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was abused at the time of a game against Inter Milan; last year, the striker Michy Batshuayi, then playing for Borussia Dortmund, asserted that he was racially abused at the time of a game at Atalanta, in Bergamo. Matuidi has before been abused at Cagliari and at Verona.