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Chiellini speaks about racist chants against Moise Kean

TURIN, ITALY - MARCH 30: Giorgio Chiellini of Juventus gestures during the Serie A match between Juventus and Empoli at Allianz Stadium on March 30, 2019 in Turin, Italy. (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)
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The Juventus captain has praised the 19-year-old and also talked about the racist abuse he received at the match against Cagliari.

During the 2-0 Juventus victory over Cagliari in yesterday’s Italian Lega Serie A fixture, 19-year-old Bianconeri footballer Moise Kean was the target of racial abuse.

And today captain Giorgio Chiellini has spoken about the racist chants and how he is delighted with the way Kean is progressing in the team.

“From the field, there isn’t a good account of what happened, but I have reviewed the images and Moise did nothing,” said Chiellini to the club’s official website.

“After tonight, we must think of him as Zaniolo, Chiesa, Barella… as a positive figure of Italian football, because he deserves it.”

The only thing he did wrong today was the simulation, that he surely won’t repeat, but he’s here to learn. He’s a very positive figure and he certainly didn’t deserve the insults he received,” he continued.

“I’ve played so many games in Cagliari and I find it hard to remember one played with this much surety, despite important absences.”

The captain added: “We have shown once again the quality of the squad and the ability to interpret the game. One of the best qualities of this team and one of the coach’s requests is to understand when to accelerate and when to slow down.”

“In any case, it is not possible to play 50 matches at a thousand miles per hour. Cagliari has great aerial quality and, today, we were good at forcing them to cross as little as possible thanks to a great display by midfielders and wingers.”

“I said it after the game with Empoli, we were very good at understanding the moment and the importance of these points because we are not hiding: the eighth consecutive championship is in the ‘loading phase’, Chiellini concluded.