New racist incidents in the Italian Football ChampionshipApril 3, 2019
The racist behavior of some supporters in the football stadiums is once again in Italy. On Tuesday, April 2, Juventus French midfielder Blaise Matuidi and his Italian team-mate Moise Kean were the target of screaming monkeys during a league match in Cagliari.
Moise Kean was particularly targeted by these cries after having scored the goal of 2-0 for Juventus: they intensified intensity while, according to the images of the Italian television Sky, he went to celebrate his goal, motionless and arms away, in front of a corner of the stadium of Cagliari.
While Moise Kean was then supervised by his teammates and returned to the center of the field, Blaise Matuidi, very angry, went for his part to discuss with his coach Massimiliano Allegri, making great gestures towards the same turn. He then went to question the referee.
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The match was interrupted briefly and the stadium announcer broadcast a message inviting the spectators to stop shouting.
Matuidi had already been the subject of racist songs when Juventus moved to Cagliari in January 2018. The Sardinian club had apologized to him, but was not sanctioned because of lack of evidence.
Controversy over Kean's behavior
The controversy gained even more momentum as, after the match, Moise Kean's attitude was denounced by one of his team-mates, Leonardo Bonucci, and by Cagliari's president, Tommaso Giulini.
"Kean knows that when he scores, he should celebrate with his teammates. He knows he could have done something different. Moses should not have done that and the turn should not have reacted like that »said Leonardo Bonucci.
"Nobody heard anything to the point. Kean made a mistake, he's 19 years old, that's understandable ", explained Tommaso Giulini, saying that he had "Especially heard whistles". "There is a moralism and a drift that I do not like. This club has always been exemplary and has always denounced racist behavior. If there were racist cries, those who launched them made a mistake. ", added the president of Calgliari.
For his part, the Turin coach Massimiliano Allegri considered that the tools exist to sanction this type of drift and that the leaders have all the cards in their hands to act: " We have cameras that we can use to stop people doing that. It's simple, you need drastic rules. These people should be banned from stadium for life. Not just for a month or a year. If you make a mistake, you have to pay. Point. "
At the end of December 2018, after racist incidents in Milan, targeting the Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly of Naples, the new president of the Italian Football Federation, Gabriele Gravina, said he wanted to simplify the rules to allow referees to more easily interrupt a match. . This is what was recorded at the end of January.
From now on, in the event of racist cries or behavior reported by federal delegates or law enforcement officials, the match must be stopped immediately temporarily and the players gathered in the midfield. An announcement is then made by the stadium announcer, with the game stopped.
In case of second signaling, players must be invited to return to the locker room. The responsibility for resuming or terminating the match is the responsibility of the public order representative. Previously, the suspension of the match could intervene only after three announcements made by the speaker.
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