Moise Kean gets the last laugh against racist Cagliari fans with 85th-minute winner
Written by: Neelav Chakravarti
The youngster and teammate Blaise Matuidi were racially abused in their win.
It looks like racism is creeping into the world of football everyday, more and more. In Juventus' recent away win over Cagliari, 19-year-old Moise Kean was subjected to jeers, boos, and racist abuse from the home fans.
Although, Kean had the last laugh, scoring an 85th-minute winner.
After scoring the goal, the former Torino youth player celebrated in front of the Cagliari fans with his arms outstretched in response to the continuous insults he faced for most part of the 90 minutes, after being booked for simulation in the 20th-minute.
The situation was so bad that Cagliari skipper Luca Ceppitelli had to protect Kean, but even he was at the receiving end of a bottle thrown from the stands. Also, an announcement was made instructing the fans to stop or the match would be suspended.
After the match, the away side's gaffer, Massimiliano Allegri said, "I won't justify what happened, as usual there were idiots and there were normal people. We need to find them and kick them out of the stadium. There are ways to do that, if they want to they can do it."
Regarding Kean's celebration, Leonardo Bonucci said, "Kean knows himself too that he could have done something else. There were racist boos after Kean's celebration and (Blaise) Matuidi got angry but I think the blame is 50 and 50. Kean made a mistake and the fans made a mistake."
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He further added, "Saying that, we know that we have to be an example and we'll look forwards because we all have to grow, us players too, also in these things."
The Italian defender was the first player to pull Kean away before the situation could worsen. Also, teammate Blaise Matuidi expressed his unhappiness with the situation through social media, and was also seen signalling Allegri to take his players away from the pitch.
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Kean also took to social media regarding the incident.
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Meanwhile, Manchester City ace Raheem Sterling who has been in similar situations in the past, took to Instagram, to question Bonucci's comment that it was Kean's fault too.
Sterling on the words of Bonucci. [Instagram] pic.twitter.com/DmWxWxHpbl— Forza Juventus (@ForzaJuve2017) April 3, 2019
Juventus had taken the lead when Bonucci headed in a corner in the 22nd-minute. While Kean scored via a Rodrigo Bentancur's cross, making it his fourth goal in as many matches for club and country.
In backdrop to the incident, Juventus continued her domination in the Serie A, moving 18 points clear of second-placed Napoli, towards a record eighth successive league title.
Published: Wed Apr 03, 2019 03:41 PM IST