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Pjanic: Matuidi will walk off in the case of another racist abuse

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Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic has revealed that team-mate Blaise Matuidi plans to leave the field of play if there is a repeat of racial abuse.

Italian football has been marred with a lot of racial abuses in recent years with attacks on Napoli’s Koulibaly and Balotelli clear cases.

Recently, Italian teenage prodigy Moise Kean was subjected to racist chants from Cagliari fans in the Bianconeri’s 2-0 victory on Tuesday evening.

And team-mate and World Cup winner Matuidi admitted he has had more than enough of prejudicial treatment from ignorant spectators, according to Pjanic.

“I don’t believe that a celebration can have anything to do with these chants,” he said via Goal.

“Everyone can celebrate in whichever way they want. Even I could have scored and celebrated in the same way and the same thing would have happened.

“This is the second year that Matuidi has been here and he still has to live like this, it’s a horrible thing. We are so sorry that they have to live like this because we have seen how upset the boys were after the game.

“And I’m not referring only to Kean and Matuidi, there’s also Alex Sandro and Cagliari have some black players too.


“Racism is linked to the person – what does a celebration have to do with the chanting? Absolutely nothing. If the referee thinks a player is provoking the fans then he can go to Kean and warn him.

“But regardless of what happens on the field, these chants shouldn’t exist. I hope the right people do the necessary things so this sort of stuff never happens again.”