19-year-old Moise Kean was the latest black player to suffer racist abuse from the notorious Cagliari fans, who are known for their monkey chants during games towards visiting black players from opposition teams.
Moise Kean who unfortunately is an Italian, after netting a goal did the Messi celebration where he held his arms aloft in response to the monkey chants and was subjected to further abuse.
Afterwards, he wrote on Instagram: “The best way to respond to racism.”
Boss Massimiliano Allegri and defender Leonardo Bonucci both blamed Moise Kean for the abuse, saying he should take some of the blame for his celebration.
“He shouldn’t have celebrated in that manner,” said Allegri. “He is a young man and he has to learn, but certain things from the crowd also shouldn’t be heard.”
Italy international Bonucci who scored the opening goal, told Sky Sport Italia: “You celebrate goals with your team-mates. 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.”
However, in his post-match interview, Allegri called the fans directing abuse at Kean “idiots who do stupid things and ruin it for everyone else” and said the authorities “don’t really want to” tackle the problem.
“You need great intelligence to deal with these situations and should not go to provoke people. That, of course, does not mean the idiots in the crowd and the way they reacted should be justified,” he said.
“I don’t think talking about it all the time helps. I don’t think halting play helps, because not everyone in the stadium did that.
“We need to use the cameras, find those who are doing it and punish them. It’s very simple, identify them and not one-year ban or two, just give them a lifetime ban.
“We’ve got the technology, it can be done if the authorities want to. The problem is, they don’t really want to.”
Cagliari President, Tommaso Giulini, blamed Kean, who has scored two goals in three games for Italy, for his celebration.
“I heard mostly boos, if they started making animal noises then we were in the wrong,” he said. “What happened at the end was because of a celebration which was wrong and it would have happened with any other player.”
While Moise Kean is getting all the support, Bonucci, Cagliari and manager Allegri are facing a serious backlash on and off social media.