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Saturday April 27 2019
Vieira: 'Italy ignorant on racism'

Patrick Vieira blasted Italian society, clubs and players like Leonardo Bonucci for being “ignorant” when it comes to racism. “Nothing has changed since my day.”

The debate over how to deal with racism in stadiums hit the headlines again last week with the ugly scenes from Lazio ultras in the Coppa Italia semi-final with Milan.

Despite repeated warnings read over the speaker system, play was never halted by the prefect in charge of security – as in Italy, the referee is not given the authority to suspend a game for racist abuse.

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Friday April 19 2019
Old Lady needs rejuvenating

Juventus have put all their focus on to Cristiano Ronaldo, neglecting the weak defence and midfield, argues Emmet Gates.

We’re fast approaching a quarter-century since Juventus last won the Champions League. The latest failure coming from a young, bold and at times a simply irrepressible Ajax side that thoroughly dominated The Old Lady over two legs. To put the wait into some sort of perspective, when Gianluca Vialli hoisted ‘Ol Big Ears high into the Roman sky in May 1996, five of the Ajax starting XI from the second leg weren’t even born.

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Monday April 8 2019
Lippi: Why Juve can win CL...

Former Juventus boss and World Cup winner Marcello Lippi reckons the Bianconeri can win the Champions League this season.

Speaking to Radio Anch’io Sport ahead of Juve’s Champions League quarter-final first leg at Ajax, Lippi explained why the Old Lady had what it took to lift the trophy for the first time since 1996.

“Juve have every chance of winning the Champions League, they have been among the three or four teams capable of lifting the cup for a few years now,” he noted.

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Monday April 8 2019
Bonucci: Racism is a scandal

Leonardo Bonucci insists his controversial comments concerning Moise Kean were ‘misunderstood’ as ‘racism is a scandal and it mustn’t exist in 2019.’

Bonucci suggested Kean was partly to blame for the racial abuse he received during Juventus’ 2-0 win at Cagliari last week, prompting the football family to turn on the defender.

“Everyone was right to get annoyed,” he admitted to Le Iene.

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Sunday April 7 2019
Matuidi: 'We must fight racism'

Blaise Matuidi said Juventus and everyone in football must “not be afraid to stand up and fight” racists, assuring Moise Kean was abused even before his goal in Cagliari.

The tension spilled over at the Sardegna Arena on Tuesday after Kean’s goal, when he stood with arms open in front of the ultras.

Teammate Leonardo Bonucci drew criticism for saying the celebration meant Kean had to shoulder “50-50” blame for the crowd reaction, but Matuidi assures the racist insults were clear even before that.

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Saturday April 6 2019
Kean completes comeback to sink Milan

Krzysztof Piatek had put Milan in front, but Paulo Dybala’s penalty and yet another goal from Moise Kean completed the Juventus comeback.

If Napoli lose to Genoa tomorrow, then the Bianconeri will mathematically earn their eighth consecutive Scudetto.

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Friday April 5 2019
Sarri: Bonucci made a mistake

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri does not believe Leonardo Bonucci is a racist but claims the Juventus defender ‘made a mistake’.

Bonucci controversially suggested Moise Kean had provoked Cagliari fans into racially abusing him during Juve’s 2-0 win at the Sardegna Arena on Tuesday.

Sarri, meanwhile, had one of his players – Callum Hudson-Odoi – suffer at the hands of monkey chants during England’s 5-1 win in Montenegro last month.

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Friday April 5 2019
Allegri: Bonucci was wrong, Ronaldo...

Juventus boss Max Allegri accepts Leonardo Bonucci assessed the Moise Kean situation ‘badly’ but confirms Cristiano Ronaldo is ‘giving good signals’.

Ronaldo has not played since picking up a hamstring injury during the international break, but Allegri is confident the No 7 will be back for the Champions League quarter-final first leg against Ajax next week.

“There are good signals from Cristiano Ronaldo in view of the match against Ajax,” he said at a Press conference ahead of Saturday’s Serie A showdown with Milan.

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Thursday April 4 2019
Mancini: Kean treatment 'unacceptable'

Italy CT Roberto Mancini has blasted the ‘unacceptable’ racial abuse subjected to Moise Kean but claimed that Leonardo Bonucci was ‘misunderstood’.

Mancini won the Enzo Bearzot Award on Thursday, but the former Inter boss was instead forced to answer questions about his Italy internationals after their involvement in the Cagliari-Juventus racism storm.

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Thursday April 4 2019
Thuram slams 'disgraceful' Bonucci

Former Juventus defender Lilian Thuram has slammed Leonardo Bonucci for ‘disgracefully’ claiming that Moise Kean went looking for racial abuse.

Bonucci has since backtracked on the controversial comments he made after Juve’s 2-0 win at Cagliari on Tuesday, but Thuram did not hold back in his criticism of the 31-year-old, while adding the Bianconeri should have walked off the field in protest.

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