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.
"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.
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.
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:
Solidarity to Blaise Matuidi. Say no to racism, myriads of Italian fans have always been cancerous to our beloved sport.Alexander Ceferin and his chums at UEFA need to react accordingly.- Nimrod (@LinohMajasi) January 7, 2018
Blaise Matuidi subjected to racism during a Serie A league game...- Mqhaba Thabang (@MqhabaT) January 7, 2018
Blaise Matuidi has revealed he suffered racist abuse during Cagliari-Juventus last night. We, Napoli fans know that racism is never justifiable.- Everything Napoli (@NaplesAndNapoli) January 7, 2018
Forza @MATUIDIBlaise, Napoli è con te. :muscle::muscle:
Blaise Matuidi, another player receiving racist chants and slurs. FIFA need to do more than what they do now. Fans know they can get away with what they're doing so they continue to do it. Harsh penalties need to come down in removing racism from football. pic.twitter.com/CQEhgSVDvm- :tm: (@Tacticomotion_) January 7, 2018
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