Serie A club Cagliari, won’t be facing any punishment after further investigation into the racism incident by some of their fans against Juventus’ Moise Kean in April.
Kean was subject to several racism attacks and verbal abuse during the game and was even booked for diving.
The 20-year-old, who later scored in the dying minutes of the game, celebrated in front of the fans and this led to more racist chants being directed at him. However, the Lega Serie A announced that there shall be no further punishment against Cagliari.
“The chants, even if they were reprehensible, objectively had a limited relevance to the game, even considering the perception,” a statement released by the Lega Serie A on Tuesday said.
“The decision is not to apply sanctions to Cagliari.”,they added.
Kean’s Juventus teammates Blaise Matuidi and Alex Sandro also complained of racist chants being hurled at them with the French world cup winner even threatening to walk off the pitch the next time he faces similar treatment.
However, it is also worth remembering another of Kean’s teammates,Leornado Bonnuci’s reaction to the he issue. Speaking to sky sports, Bonnucci said,
“Kean knows that when he scores a goal, he has to focus on celebrating with his team-mates .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”, he added.
“We are professionals, we have to set the example and not provoke anyone. I prefer to talk about the great performance.”
He later on came to clarify the statement and offered support to his teammates.
There have been several cases of Racism in the last few Serie A seasons. Kevin Prince Boateng and Sulley Ali Muntari are known to have walked off the pitch after being subjected to this kind of abuse. Earlier this season, Inter fans were also guilty of hurling racist chants at Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibally.
The decision to spare the Cagliari fans comes as a big shock and a big blow in the fight against racism in football.