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'Kean Gets Sterling Support As Juve Coach Allegri, Captain Bonucci Get Slam For Not Backing Player

Juventus’ Moise Kean became the latest player to be subjected to racist abuse by fans on Tuesday, although both his manager and team-mate appeared to suggest he had brought it upon himself.

The 19-year-old striker posed in front of Calgiari fans after scoring the second goal in Tuesday’s 2-0 win for Juve, seemingly in response to derogatory chants aimed at him throughout the match.



Kean later posted an image of the celebration on Instagram with the caption “the best way to respond to racism,” although his team-mate Leonardo Bonucci claimed the young Italian international was partially to blame for the reaction of the crowd.

“You celebrate goals with your team-mates,” Bonucci told Sky Italia. “He could have done it differently.

“I think the blame is 50-50. Moise should not have done that and the Curva [fans] should not have reacted in that way.”

England and Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling expressed his dismay at Bonucci’s comments, just one week after he was on the receiving end of similar abuse during England’s Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro.



Raheem Sterling posted about the incident on his Instagram story. (Credit: Instagram @sterling7)

Juve head coach Massimiliano Allegri seemed to agree with Bonucci while also criticising the crowd’s taunts.

“He shouldn’t have celebrated in that manner,” Allegri told Juve’s official website, “he is a young man and he has to learn, but certain things from the crowd also shouldn’t be heard.”

In another post-match interview, Allegri was more forceful in his condemnation of the Cagliari fans, branding those who abused Kean “idiots who do stupid things and ruin it for everyone else” while also claiming football authorities “don’t really want to” tackle the issue.

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