Published: Wed, April 03, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sterling mocks Bonucci's racism comments

Sterling mocks Bonucci's racism comments

The Italy worldwide, 19, was abused all night by sections of the home support, with monkey chants aimed at him.

Kean scored his sixth goal in his past seven outings for club and country to seal a 2-0 victory for Massimiliano Allegri's side and celebrated by holding his arms outstretched in front of the home supporters at the Sardegna Arena.

There was a delay of around some three minutes.

Former England striker Ian Wright took to the comments on Bonucci's Instagram to call him out with a amusing, not very appropriate faux-Italian insult.

Sterling was one of the England players targeted by racist chanting during last week's 5-1 Euro 2020 qualification win in Montenegro and he marked completing the scoring by cupping his ears towards the home crowd.

The abuse came on the day that Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin said he will ask referees to stop matches in the future when there is racist chanting.

"I don't want people to start being self-righteous about it, because I heard that already", Giulini said according to Football Italia, "whereas Juventus players came to me afterwards and confessed Kean was wrong to celebrate that way".

The Juventus manager, though, expressed the need for calm heads, despite all of the provocations from the stands. "Both should take a lesson from Matuidi, who actually showed his support for a young man forced to endure monkey chanting from supporters".

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While the serious issue has caused widespread debate over prospective measures needed to be taken in order to eradicate the issues that continue to plague Italian football.

"As always in life, there are idiots who do stupid things and ruin it for everyone else". I don't think halting play helps, because not everyone in the stadium did that. "We have cameras, we identify them and not one-year ban or two, just give them a lifetime ban. We've got to leave this to the people in charge to make a proper stance on it", he said. "The problem is, they don't really want to".

Bonucci claimed the young Italian global was partially to blame while Allegri seemed to agree that he "shouldn't have celebrated in that way".

Cagliari's president also attempted to defend the actions of his club's fans, insisting they would have reacted to any player celebrating a goal in the manner that Kean did, regardless of race. He knows he could have done something different too.

He said: "There were racist jeers after the goal, Blaise [Matuidi] heard it and was angered".

Bonucci, scorer of the opening goal in the 22nd minute, said Kean was partly to blame for the incident.

"We are professionals, we have to set the example and not provoke anyone".

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