Reaction in response to racist chants leveled at Juventus star Moise Kean condemned as 'inexcusable'

Italian soccer's problems with racism are well known. But just complicated the issue is became apparent after Tuesday's Cagliari-Juventus game.

After Juventus teenager Moise Kean, who is black and was jeered by Cagliari fans all game, celebrated his late goal in the 2-0 win by spreading his arms and facing the crowd, he was immediately met with monkey chants from Cagliari's Curva section. Juve players pleaded with referee Piero Giacomelli to stop the game.

After the game, Juve teammate Leonardo Bonucci was asked to respond. Instead of coming out with unequivocal condemnation of the chants, he said his young teammate was partly to blame.

"Kean knows that when he scores a goal," Bonucci told Sky Sport Italia, "he has to focus on celebrating with his teammates. He knows he could've done something differently, too. There were racist jeers after the goal. Blaise [Matuidi] heard it and was angered. I think the blame is 50-50, because Moise shouldn't have done that and the Curva should not have reacted that way."

Kean, who was born in Italy to Ivorian parents, wasn't alone in being taunted. Matuidi, the French World Cup champion, and the Brazilian defender Alex Sandro were also the subject of racist attacks during the game. But not only did Bonucci seem to blame Kean for provoking the fans but so too did their coach.

“He should not have celebrated in that manner,” said Massimiliano Allegri. “He is a young man and has to learn, but certain things from the crowd also should not be heard. You need great intelligence to deal with these situations and should not provoke people."

Only then did Allegri rebuke the Cagliari fans: "That, of course, does not mean the idiots in the crowd and the way they reacted should be justified.”

On Wednesday, the comments were condemned.

"Nobody should justify racism in any way or form," Kean's agent, Mino Raiola, told BBC Sport. "Racism is equal as ignorance. There is no excuse for it. Federation, clubs and players should draw one line. A country like Italy should be leading on this given how many millions of Italians live abroad. You cannot be racist and Italian. You cannot be human and racist. What happened to Kean is inexcusable."

Giorgio Chiellini, the captain at Juventus and the Italian national team on which Kean also plays, defended teenager after watching the incident.

"Moise is a legacy of Italian football," Chiellini said, "a golden boy, who is doing his best and should not have to pretend for what he is not."
3 comments about "Reaction in response to racist chants leveled at Juventus star Moise Kean condemned as 'inexcusable'".
  1. uffe gustafsson, April 3, 2019 at 10:51 p.m.

    is this still Mussolini years still exciting?
    they are in no position to be racist and if you ask me they have lots of racist people thinking they are inferior/color as well. So go figure. 
    Its just bull shit to me.
    stop this behavior right now.
    and the coach could have said in private and he would make his point, but in the news he just gave those racist people ammunition.
    dumd as coach.

  2. John Soares, April 4, 2019 at 4:42 a.m.

    Ofcourse there can be no excuse or even less justification for racism. Sadly, in many cases you also cannot educate, "You can't fix stupid".
    It is therefore up to FIFA.
    A few games with a closed stadium would be a good start.

  3. Kenneth Newman, April 4, 2019 at 2:23 p.m.

    The WHITE TRASH of Italy shows its true colors....getting their knowledge from the Mussolini's... both the father and daughter....

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