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Bonucci: ’50-50 blame for Cagliari racists’

April 3, 2019

Leonardo Bonucci believes young striker Moise Kean is half to blame for the vile racist abuse he received in Juve’s 2-0 win over Cagliari.

Kean was abused from early in the first half and duly celebrated in front of the racists when he scored Juve’s second goal.

Speaking after the game, Bonucci commented on the incident, including apportioning half of the blame against the victim.

“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. 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.

“I prefer to talk about the great performance. We were aggressive on the wings, as we knew they could cause problems with crosses.

“We knew Cagliari do zonal marking and leave that gap open, so we’d practiced in training yesterday and it worked out perfectly.” – Speaking to Sky Sport Italia, translated by Football Italia

Bonucci has been roundly condemned for his words by players from across Europe, including Paul Pogba, Mario Balotelli, Raheem Sterling and Memphis Depay.

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