'Embarrassing. Pathetic. Disgraceful': Cagliari will NOT be punished over Moise Kean racial abuse
The nineteen-year-old forward, along with Alex Sandro and Blaise Mathuidi, was subject to monkey chants from Cagliari fans throughout a league match between the two sides on April 2. Kean responded by scoring in the 85th minute of a 2-0 win and celebrating with outstretched arms in front of the Cagliari ultra's stand, prompting an angry reaction.
His actions were initially criticized by Kean's teammate Leonardo Bonucci on social media - who in turn was admonished for claiming the blame for the incident was "50/50" between the player and the fans - but those words were later retracted by the Juventus captain.
FIGC took six weeks to investigate the incident, but communicated on Tuesday in a statement that the chants were of "objectively limited relevance" and failed to bring any sanctions to Cagliari for the abuse.
The decision has led to widespread anger and frustration from the wider football community, many of whom have labeled the association "inept" and the decision "disgusting". Kick It Out, football's equality and inclusion organisation, called the decision "Embarrassing. Pathetic. Disgraceful."
So the utterly inept @SerieA/@FIGC have decided not to punish Cagliari for their abuse of Moise Kean, insisting – & I quote – the chants had "an objectively limited relevance"— Adam Digby (@Adz77) May 14, 2019
An absolute fucking joke & a complete disgrace. https://t.co/8ma7CmB2PG
BREAKING: Serie A have confirmed that Cagliari will not face any punishment for the racist chanting aimed at Moise Kean in April.— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) May 14, 2019
Terrible decision from Serie A. They should be ashamed...😡 #NoToRacismpic.twitter.com/hUr3q7yEg1
BREAKING: Serie A have confirmed Cagliari will not face any punishment for racist chanting aimed at Moise Kean in April.— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) May 14, 2019
Disgusting, how are we meant to tackle racism in football when clubs are getting away with things like this?! pic.twitter.com/v0fXJX6qb2