It is argued that young players often lack the maturity required to win titles however, Moise Kean showed that he was able to rise to the challenge when he scored the second goal for the Italian giants against Cagliari despite suffering racial abuse from the opposition’s fans. The abuse came in the form of chants and ape-like noises from fans who were silenced in 85th minute as Kean celebrated his second goal by standing in front of the Cagliari fans with his arms folded.
Teammate Bonucci’s post-match comments about the incident came into scrutiny this week. In media reports, it was said that Italian centre-back seemed to be implying that Kean was also at fault for what had transpired at the Sardegna Arena. Bonucci criticized Kean’s celebration by stating he “could have done it differently” and that “the blame is 50-50”. This statement has been subsequently clarified by the defender who took to social media to explain that his words have been “misunderstood”. “I firmly condemn all forms of racism and discrimination”, he continued.
Footballers such as Raheem Sterling, Paul Pogba and Yaya Toure have all expressed support for Kean via their social media pages. It must be said that Kean has shown his resilience which top footballers usually face. Stars like Ronaldo, Messi and even Salah, have all had to deal with various forms of abuse from fans of the opposing team and have still managed to perform for their respective teams as Kean was able to do. This is a good indicator that Italian forward has the character to match his budding talent.
Juve are in touching distance of regaining the Serie A title for an 8th consecutive year.
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