Tuesday April 2 2019
Allegri: 'Lifetime ban for racists'

Juventus Coach Max Allegri said Moise Kean was wrong to provoke Cagliari fans, but also that racists “can be identified and given a lifetime ban, it’s just they don’t want to.”

The incidents overshadowed the 2-0 Juve victory at the Sardegna Arena, occurring after Kean’s 85th-minute goal.

“It was a solid performance, we showed great technique and didn’t allow Cagliari any chances, which is rare as they are so strong on home turf,” the Coach told Sky Sport Italia.

“I knew we needed a more aggressive approach than the one we showed against Udinese and Empoli.”

Allegri was asked about 19-year-old Kean, who was on target yet again for club and country, but was subjected to racist jeers after his celebration in front of the fans with arms outstretched, almost as a challenge.

“He scored another goal and did better in the second half, whereas he got more or less everything wrong in the first half,” replied Allegri.

“I didn’t hear anything from the stands, as I was focused on the game. You need great intelligence to deal with these situations and should not go to provoke people. That, of course, does not mean the idiots in the crowd and the way they reacted should be justified.

“As always in life, there are idiots who do stupid things and ruin it for everyone else. I don’t think talking about it all the time helps. I don’t think halting play helps, because not everyone in the stadium did that.

“We need to use the cameras, find those who are doing it and punish them. It’s very simple, identify them and not one-year ban or two, just give them a lifetime ban. We’ve got the technology, it can be done if the authorities want to. The problem is, they don’t really want to.”