Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has opened up over the racist abuse faced by fellow teammate Moise Kean during their 2-0 win over Cagliari on Tuesday, claiming that the 19-year-old is “partially to blame” for such jeers.
Kean scored the second goal of the game in the 85th minute and perhaps in response to the jeers aimed at him, celebrated the goal in front of the opposing fans by spreading his arms in a defiant pose.
Bonucci who scored the opening goal for the club, believes that Kean could have celebrated the goal in another way and not in front of the Cagliari “ultras” at the Sardegna Arena.
🗣 “There were racist jeers after the goal, Blaise heard it and was angered. I think the blame is 50-50, because Moise shouldn’t have celebrated like that and the Curva should not have reacted that way.”
– Leonardo Bonucci on Moise Kean being racially abused tonight. 🤯 pic.twitter.com/gW8ynBTvcA
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) April 2, 2019
“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 heard it and was angered,” he said as quoted by Dailystar.
“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.”
Fellow teammate Blaise Matuidi was not impressed by the abuse though, with the Frenchman protesting to the referee and was almost willing to walk out of the pitch in support of Kean.