Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci finally responds to racist allegations
Take a seat, grab some popcorn and get yourself ready to throw it around out of anger, disgust or whatever thing you might be feeling at that moment. It’s time to debate a new episode of Racism in Football, the anime. Guess you all know what happened between t Moise Kean and Cagliari’s supporters during Juventus’ 2-0 win over Cagliari at Sardegna Arena and Leonardo Bonucci’s idiotic comments shortly afterwards? Ok, so Bonucci has finally responded after fierce criticism for blaming Moise Kean for being subjected to racist abuse in Juventus’ win against Cagliari. Kean has scored the second goal in the 2-0 victory, celebrating in front of the home supporters after previously receiving abuse throughout the match.
The abuse intensified thereafter, but instead of fully condemning the Cagliari supporters, Bonucci claimed Kean was “50-50 to blame,” attracting widespread criticism, including that from Raheem Sterling. Ok, so I could understand Bonucci leaving Juventus after 7 years to suddenly go over to Milan when the Rossoneri seemed like they were taken over by the Chinese and he was going to be better paid than if he stayed in Turin, possibly even better than if he left in China, saying that he always loved Milan, failing and then after just one season returning to Juve, expecting to be welcomed back by the fans because plot twist: he always loved Juve. Well, we know how much a footballer’s love is worth in the sport nowadays. But blaming Kean for something a couple of ultras, aka scandal seeking b*tches with the brains of a monkey, did having little to no excuse is one of the most idiotic things Bonucci has done in his whole career – or life, that we know of, at least. Needless to say, he’s got a whole lot of criticism out of it, with even Mario Balotelli (Mareille) calling him out on it, saying his ex international teammate was lucky that ”he wasn’t there” when everything happened.
Bonucci has finally responded though, posting a picture of himself with Kean from an Italy international and adding the following message. “Regardless of everything, in any case… No to racism,” Bonucci wrote, adding a tensed arm emoji. Bonucci initially stated Kean should have focused on celebrating his teammates and that he could have “done something differently. Kean knows that when he scores a goal, he has to focus on celebrating with his teammates.” Bonucci said afterwards. Of course, even coach Massimiliano Allegri criticised Kean for the way he celebrated, but in his defence that was before being provoked, and he did lash out at the crowd too. Ok, I get it, it’s mostly a “that came out wrong” from Bonucci, but don’t expect me to go easy on someone who shows he has no personality by putting himself in both a love triangle between Juventus and Milan and a situation where he just spits out the most uninspired things one could say in a case he’s not experiencing for himself. After all, as I said, Kean was being provoked to lash out at the supporters by those chants they were singing.