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Blaise Matuidi Says He Suffered Racial Abuse For The Second Time In 10 Days

Blaise Matuidi Says He Suffered Racial Abuse For The Second Time In 10 Days

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi says he suffered racial abuse from Cagliari fans during his side's 1-0 win.

The France international took to his official Facebook page to make the claims, posting a statement on the matter.

"Thanks for all your messages. Today I experienced racism during the match," he wrote.

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"Weak people try to intimidate with hate. I am not a hater and can only be sorry for those who set bad examples. Football is a way to spread equality, passion and inspiration and this is what I am here for. Peace."

Juventus recorded a sixth win in seven games last night, with Federico Bernardeschi scoring the winner in the 75th minute.

Image: PA
Image: PA

But the victory was overshadowed by Matuidi's strong allegations, which come after he was subjected to racial abuse during the 3-1 win over Hellas Verona on 30 December.

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The former PSG man scored the opening goal in the game but a section of the home supporters were found guilty of racially abusing him in the fifth minute - with Verona given a fine of £18,000 and receiving a partial stadium ban. A lenient punishment if you asked me.

Social media has been full of supportive messages for Matuidi, with people calling for more to be done to combat the persistent problem of racism in the game:

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Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Racism, Serie A, Blaise Matuidi, Juventus, Italy, Cagliari

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