Bonucci, Allegri under fire for blaming Juventus youngster, Moise Kean, for racist chants

Leonardo Bonucci

Juventus defender, Leonardo Bonucci, and his manager, Massimiliano Allegri, have come under fire after they said that youngster, Moise Kean, shared in the blame for racist abuse aimed at him in Cagliari.

Juventus visited Cagliari on Tuesday night for a Serie A game which they won 2-0.

Kean, who was born in Italy to Ivorian parents, was subjected to racist abuse by Cagliari fans after he scored the second goal.

After scoring, Kean turned to Cagliari fans and folded his arms. Supporters of the home team, in response, made noise described by Italian media as “buu” which is regarded as a racist insult in Italian football.

Some sections of the crowd also made monkey noises.

Football Italia quoted Bonucci saying that his 19-year-old teammate should have celebrated with his teammates not fold his arms at the crowd.

“Kean knows that when he scores a goal, 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. We are professionals, we have to set the example and not provoke anyone,” said Bonucci.

Allegri also said: “He (Kean) shouldn’t have celebrated in that manner. He is a young man and he has to learn, but certain things from the crowd also shouldn’t be heard.”

Matuidi, on hearing the noise, protested furiously to the referee and appeared to threaten to abandon the game.

The match was stopped for around three minutes and a warning was broadcast to the crowd.