Juventus captain Giorgio Chiellini defends Moise Kean’s celebration at Cagliari

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"I heard mostly boos, if they started making animal noises then we were in the wrong", he said.

Allegri felt Kean should not have responded to the racist chants with his goal celebration - but called for the "idiots" responsible to be handed lifetime bans.

The organisation said in a statement: "This is the third year in a row that black players have been racially abused at Cagliari - Blaise Matuidi (Kean's team-mate) and Sulley Muntari have faced the same treatment - and yet the Italian FA allow it to continue".

Juventus forward Moise Kean was targeted throughout the game by Cagliari fans on Tuesday night.

"In Hungary, for example, where the prime minister says he wants a white Christian country, we have seen banners inside stadiums against the so-called "Islamification" of Europe", he said.

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The 31-year-old was ridiculed nearly unanimously by the footballing world, including journalists and former pros, for laying any blame with the abused player.

In most papers, the story only got a second wind once prominent football figures began showing their support for Kean and criticised Bonucci's comments.

However, some have taken his words as a mealy-mouthed apology that smacks of backtracking, and that his initial comments had already done enough damage, and also carried a hint of hypocrisy. "NO TO RACISM", after receiving criticism from England and Manchester City midfielder Raheem Sterling.

After scoring Juventus' second goal, Kean stood still and held out his arms in front of the home fans. An announcement had been made over the public address system to highlight the issue - which was greeted by more jeers from some home supporters.

"The bad news (for Italy as a whole) concerns the whistling and racist abuse directed at Kean".

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UEFA subsequently charged Montenegro, who face a partial stadium closure following a spectacle the organisation's president Aleksander Ceferin described as a "disaster", and Sterling urged strong punishments after the match. Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri presented similar views, stating that the youngster shouldn't have celebrated in front of the home crowd after scoring a goal.

Bonucci claimed the young Italian global was partially to blame while Allegri seemed to agree that he "shouldn't have celebrated in that way". Monkey noises could also be clearly heard among the crowd.

"I think part of the problem in Italy is the rhetoric of the right-wing government".

"Moise is an asset to Italian football, a golden boy who is doing his best and he doesn't have to pretend to be something he's not", Chiellini told the club's official website on Wednesday. "He's a very positive person and certainly didn't deserve the insults he received".

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