Juventus' Moise Kean Criticized For Reaction To Racist Chants
Juventus striker Moise Kean "whipped up a storm" by taking a stand when targeted by racist chanting during his team's Serie A match against Cagliari on Tuesday, but his actions "raised barely a murmur in Italy." Even Kean's teammate Leonardo Bonucci and coach Massimiliano Allegri "partly blamed" the 19-year-old for "provoking" Cagliari fans. Kean was "targeted by monkey chants throughout the match," but they "increased in intensity" after his goal in the 85th minute. He celebrated with his hands outstretched in front of the Cagliari fans, "drawing a barrage of racist abuse." Bonucci said that "the blame is 50-50" and added, "Moise shouldn't have done that and the Curva (where the hardcore Cagliari fans stand) should not have reacted that way." Allegri called for the culprits to be identified and "banned for life," but said that Kean "shouldn't have celebrated in that manner" (AFP, 4/3).
Cagliari President Tommaso Giulini said, "If [Juventus player Federico] Bernardeschi had celebrated like that, the reaction would have been identical." There is "no straightforward way to eliminate racism" from Italian football stadiums at a time when it is "endemic in society and even the national political discourse." It is "hard to feel optimistic" when even teammates "cannot be relied upon to stick up for a player who has been racially abused" (London GUARDIAN, 4/3).
Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini insisted Kean "did nothing wrong" (PA, 4/3). Former Ivory Coast int'l Yaya Toure said that Bonucci and Allegri are "a disgrace" for their criticism of Kean, whose parents are from Ivory Coast. Toure said, "For me, it's a disgrace. You can't do that. It was unbelievable" (ESPN.com, 4/3).