Graeme Souness thinks Juventus selling Moise Kean to Everton ‘raises alarm bells’ and compares him to Emmanuel Adebayor

1 Sep

Graeme Souness has questioned Moise Kean’s attitude and compared him to former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor.

Everton paid around £27.5million for the teenage frontman from Juventus during the transfer window.

Moise Kean was signed by Everton in August
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The Italy international is yet to score for the Premier League club in five appearances in all competitions.

Souness raised questions as to why Serie A’s top clubs would sell such a bright young talent for that price.

He said on Sky Sports ahead of the Toffees’ 3-2 win against Wolves: “If he’s 19, why have they [Juventus] sold him?

“Personally, there’s a slight alarm bell going off in my head.

“Juventus are arguably the biggest and wealthiest club in Italy.

“Given that they’ve got an older strike force and you’re selling a 19-year-old who won’t be hurting you wage wise.

“They’ve not got £100million plus for him, I think there will be other issues there. I don’t know.

“If they’ve not got that [buyback clause] then they’re happy to see him out the door.

“It seems as if Juventus are saying ‘we don’t care about how good he’s going to be, go on you can take him’.

“It’s a bit like [Emmanuel] Adebayor, at 25 just about to enter his best years. [Arsene] Wenger sold him to Manchester City.

“You were thinking that he’s not selling him because he’s not a good footballer, it’s because something is not quite right.”


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Crystal Palace vs Everton: Three key battles to look forward to at Selhurst Park

9 Aug

The Premier League is back and with every new campaign the sense of anticipation and excitement is felt by fans all across the country.

Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and we’ll be bringing you live football all season.

Palace and Everton meet on Saturday
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Our second live commentary of the season will be Crystal Palace against Everton at Selhurst Park from 15:00 on talkSPORT 2.

Tensions are already high between the two sides, with the Toffees failing in their bid to land Palace talisman Wilfried Zaha.

While Everton did not reach a deal to sign Zaha, Marco Silva still boosted his squad considerably with the likes of Fabian Delph, Alex Iwobi and Moise Kean.

A slow start to the summer transfer window picked up speed in the final few days for Palace, who added Gary Cahill, Victor Camarasa and James McCarthy to their side.

But where will the game be won and lost on Saturday? talkSPORT.com takes a look at three key battles which could have a big say on the final score.

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Richarlison vs Patrick Van Aanholt

The Brazilian was Everton’s joint-top scorer in his debut season on Merseyside with 14 strikes and turned in a number of impressive displays.

Coming back from his Copa America success with Brazil, the former Watford man looked impressive in pre-season and gave Werder Bremen’s Marco Friedl plenty of problems with his pace, directness and his ability to drift inside and help down either the left or right flank, which was evident throughout much of 2018/19.

Richarlison has been brilliant for Everton
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He scored twice on the opening day last season in a 2-2 draw with Wolves and is among the favourites to get among the goals in this clash.

An attacking full-back, Van Aanholt, is likely to be seen playing one-twos with Luka Milivojevic or Max Meyer as he flies down the wing to support the attack.

The Dutchman could be in for a busy afternoon if he is caught too high up the pitch, but he does have the pace to match Richarlison.


Gylfi Sigurdsson vs Luka Milivojevic

Sigurdsson has previously operated as a false nine, second striker and played out wide on the left.

However, his best position is as a central midfielder, where he is able to read the game and act as the orchestra to build Everton’s attacks.

Last season he scored 13 times from midfield and assisted six and is likely to benefit from having a more clinical striker in front of him in the form of Kean, while being flanked by the likes of Bernard and Richarlison.

Milivojevic makes Palace tick
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The loss of Idrissa Gueye to Paris Saint-Germain will massive, such was his tireless role and ability to let the forwards flourish.

While Milivojevic plays in a more defensive role, he is still the reliable platform for which Palace go through in order to build play or steady the ship.

The Serb is both an excellent distributor and his ability to win back possession is often overlooked, with many choosing to focus on his efficiency from 12 yards, where he is probably the Premier League’s best penalty taker.


Gary Cahill vs Dominic Calvert-Lewin

The former England captain played just twice in the top-flight last season, having not been part of Maurizio Sarri’s plans at Chelsea.

What Cahill does bring to the Palace side, is a wealth of experience and his ability to lead in a natural, unassuming manner will be vital to The Eagles, who look a little light in terms of depth this season.

Despite his lack of action, the 33-year-old has maintained his fitness and could make his debut on Saturday.

Gary Cahill has joined from Chelsea
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He will hope to avoid a repeat of the last time he played on the opening day of the season, which was two years ago, when he was shown a red card for a high tackle in the 14th minute, as Chelsea lost 3-2 to Burnley.

Calvert-Lewin is likely to lead the line ahead of Cenk Tosun, with Kean presumably introduced from the bench at some point in the second-half.

While he is fast and energetic, his finishing can leave a lot to be desired and his performance in the final pre-season match did little to suggest he warrants the role at the weekend.


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10 debutants we can’t wait to see in the Premier League this weekend

7 Aug

The buzz of a new signing is just one of the reasons fans can’t wait for the return of the Premier League.

First impressions count for a lot and clubs will be hoping their summer purchase can live up to expectations and justify the hype.

Moise Kean has joined Everton
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There will be several stars hoping to make a maiden appearance in the top flight this weekend.

talkSPORT.com takes a look, in no particular order, at 10 debutants we are excited to see in action.

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Wesley Moraes – Aston Villa (vs Tottenham) – live on talkSPORT

Dean Smith was keen to replace Tammy Abraham, who was instrumental in Villa returning to the Premier League, following his recall back to Chelsea.

At £22million, the ex-Club Brugge striker has looked very good so far in pre-season and has the presence up top that will trouble a number of defences.

Can he get the better of a backline which leaked goals at the end of last season?

Wesley Moraes in action during pre-season
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Daniel James – Manchester United (vs Chelsea)

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made the Welshman his first summer signing and judging by his summer displays, it has been easy to understand why.

The 21-year-old arrived from Swansea and has seamlessly fitted into his new side, starring as one of their best players in pre-season.

What stands out first and foremost is his searing pace and confidence on the ball and fans will hope to witness both on a regular basis.

He gave Spurs a runaround in Shanghai and might put Cesar Azpilicueta through his paces on Sunday.

James has fitted in well since moving to United
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Tanguy Ndombele – Tottenham Hotspur (vs Aston Villa) – live on talkSPORT

Signed from Lyon for a club record £55m this summer, much will be expected early on from the Frenchman.

While there is no doubting his potential, he will understandably need time to get to grips with the intense demands of Mauricio Pochettino’s way of football.

There were hints of his class against Inter Milan on Sunday and fans will need to be patient to see this over the course of a year.

Can he dominate against the visiting Aston Villa on Saturday evening.

Ndombele has quality but will need time to settle
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Sebastian Haller – West Ham (vs Manchester City) – live on talkSPORT

This could prove to be an inspired piece of business by the Hammers.

With Marko Arnautovic no longer at the club, West Ham sought to replace him and did so with French forward Haller.

He was outstanding for Eintracht Frankfurt last season, scoring 15 times and creating nine more, netting five times en route to the Europa League semi-final.

Strong, quick, skilful and intelligent, Haller has more to his game than the departed Austrian and could become a real hit at London Stadium.

Haller could be a big hit at West Ham
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Allan Saint-Maximin – Newcastle (vs Arsenal)

The Frenchman has arrived at St James’ Park to much fanfare and certainly looked the part in his second-half appearance in the win over Saint-Etienne.

His pace, tricks and flair got supporters off their seat and he could be the player to take away much of the doom and gloom surrounding the club.

While not much should be read into a half hour cameo, Saint-Maximin certainly has enough about him to star on Tyneside.

Saint-Maximin impressed in his brief appearance
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Christian Pulisic – Chelsea (vs Manchester United)

The American is likely to be tasked with being Frank Lampard’s flair player to fill the void of Eden Hazard and the early signs are very encouraging.

Cutting short his holidays, the former Borussia Dortmund has looked pacy and direct and appears to have struck up a solid understanding with Ross Barkley.

Pulisic has looked sharp this summer
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Patrick Cutrone – Wolves (vs Leicester City)

Wolves cannot afford to be complacent this year following their impressive 2018/19 campaign and the addition of Cutrone is a massive step forward.

The Italian striker is talented and has a high for goal and in 2017/18 Cutrone scored 18 goals in his breakthrough year for Milan.

While his record was halved the next season, he does have a clinical touch that could push Nuno Espirito Santo’s into the top six.


Rodri – Manchester City (vs West Ham United) – live on talkSPORT

The former Atletico Madrid man cost a record £62m and is seen as the ideal replacement for the ageing Fernandinho.

He showed his class in the Premier League Asia Trophy and was hailed by Pep Guardiola for an ‘incredible game’ after a commanding display in the Community Shield victory over Liverpool.

Rodri commanded the City midfield in the win over Liverpool
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Nicolas Pepe- Arsenal (vs Newcastle United)

The 24-year-old took Ligue 1 by storm last season, netting 22 times and providing 11 assists for Lille and this form prompted the Gunners to bring him to north London.

He penned a five-year deal with them and will definitely add to an already productive attack.

His late addition, on top of Africa Cup of Nations action in the summer, might mean a role off the bench is perhaps all he might muster.

Nicolas Pepe signed for Arsenal
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Moise Kean – Everton (vs Crystal Palace)

It was unexpected, but Everton surprised practically everyone with the signing of Kean from Juventus on a five-year deal.

The Italian international, still only 19, is one of the most exciting youngsters in the world and scored six goals in just five starts last season and two in three for his country.

At £29m the Toffees have a player of extreme quality and will hope he can hit the ground running.

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Man United ‘turned down’ chance to sign Moise Kean as Juventus forward nears Everton transfer

2 Aug

Manchester United were reportedly offered the chance to sign Moise Kean this summer.

The Juventus forward is on the verge of joining Everton in a deal thought to be worth an initial £27million, though the fee could rise as high as £37m due to various add-ons.

Moise Kean’s move to Everton should be officially confirmed over the weekend
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However, the 19-year-old could have joined the Red Devils as he was offered to them by his agent Mino Raiola, according to 90min.

They claim United decided against a move for the teenager striker, however, and this has paved the way for Everton to sign him.

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Raiola has been involved in plenty of business with the Manchester club, as his list of clients includes former players Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, as well as current star Paul Pogba.

Highly-rated Kean scored six goals in 13 games in Serie A as Juventus claimed an incredible eighth consecutive league title last season.

He also made his debut for Italy last year and has already netted twice in three appearances for the Azzurri.

Earlier this week, it was reported by several news outlets that Kean was set for a medical with Everton after a fee had been agreed between Juve and the Toffees.

His salary is reportedly going to be around £2.75m-a-year.

Juventus wanted a buy-back clause as part of the deal, but instead they will have the chance to match any offer Everton receive for the 19-year-old.

Arsenal transfers news: The reason Moise Kean REJECTED Gunners in favour of Everton

31 Jul

Moise Kean rejected the chance to join Arsenal in favour of Everton due to their reluctance to promise first-team football, according to reports.

The Juventus striker is set to seal a switch to the Merseyside club in a reported £37m deal, with the youngster set to undergo a medical and complete his move on Wednesday.

Kean scored eight goals last season and is widely regarded as one of the best young players in European football
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Juventus wanted a buy-back clause as part of the deal, but instead they will have the chance to match any offer Everton receive for the 19-year-old.

Now, The Daily Mail report Arsenal did attempt to hijack the deal in its closing stages by contacting both Juventus and the player’s agent, Mino Raiola.

Kean is said to have chosen Everton due to fears he would not be provided with regular game time at the north London club.

Marco Silva reportedly intends to make Kean a key figure in his plans for the forthcoming campaign, while at the Emirates, the 19-year-old would have to compete with Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for the no.9 spot.

Kean burst onto the scene in Serie A last season with seven goals in 17 appearances, but he was unable to cement a starting spot due to the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic in the Old Lady’s ranks.

The return of Gonzalo Higuain at the club has also made it difficult for Kean to improve on his first-team chances.

And it is believed Kean’s arrival could spark a late flurry of activity in the transfer market at Goodison Park.

Kean broke onto the scene last season with a string of fine displays
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Everton have already signed Andre Gomes, Fabian Delph and Jonas Lossl from Barcelona, Man City and Huddersfield respectively this summer.

Meanwhile, Italian football correspondent Sheridan Bird believes Kean is a great coup for Silva and Everton.

“He does have an eye for goal. He has got ice in his veins,” he told talkSPORT 2.

“When I saw him last season he didn’t need many chances to score.

“He is a very tidy finisher and didn’t at all get overwhelmed last year despite his young age and playing for Juventus.”

Everton transfer news: Toffees ‘agree deal’ with Juventus for Moise Kean with striker set for medical on Wednesday

30 Jul

Everton have reportedly agreed a deal with Juventus to sign teenage striker Moise Kean.

The Italy international is set for a medical with the Premier League club and is due to fly to England on Wednesday to finalise his move to Goodison Park.

The Guardian claim the deal is worth an initial £29million, but the fee could rise to around £37million with add-ons.

Kean scored eight goals last season and is widely regarded as one of the best young players in European football
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His salary is reportedly going to be around £2.75million a year.

Juventus wanted a buy-back clause as part of the deal but instead they will have the chance to match any offer Everton receive for the 19-year-old.

Sky Sports Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claims the deal has been done, with Kean likely to have a medical on Wednesday ahead of official confirmation of his move.

The teenage forward scored six goals in 13 games in Serie A as Juventus claimed an incredible eighth consecutive league title.

He also made his debut for Italy last year and has already netted twice in three appearances.

In April, Kean hit the headlines when he was subjected to racial abuse while playing against Cagliari in Serie A.

He took a stance of defiance after scoring a second goal late on, holding his arms aloft in response.

The Toffees also announced on Tuesday that Idrissa Gueye has joined Paris Saint-Germain in a deal reported to be worth £25million.

Marko Arnautovic: Five strikers West Ham should target to replace Austrian forward

3 Jul

Marko Arnautovic finally completed a £23million move to Chinese Super League club Shanghai SIPG on Monday. 

The transfer comes just six months after the Austria star almost sealed a move to the Far East.

Arnautovic wants to leave West Ham
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Arnautovic, 30, was wanted by Chinese teams in January, but ended up signing a new contract after West Ham rejected a £35million bid from a CSL side.

The Hammers have been left with plenty of time to find a replacement.

But who could they target? talkSPORT.com has identified five potential replacements for the forward…


Moise Kean (Juventus)

Keane is a target for Everton but West Ham should swoop in
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Recent reports suggested Everton were interested in signing Juve youngster Moise Kean – but if there is any sense at the London Stadium, West Ham will make a move for the striker.

Kean, who was the first player born in 2000 to debut in Serie A, would have hugely benefited by playing with Cristiano Ronaldo last season.

The teenager netted a solid six goals in his 13 Serie A appearances last season.

However, following the return of Gonazalo Higuain to the Old Lady’s squad and Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic available, it is difficult see Kean getting much game time with the Italian champions next season.

West Ham should at least attempt to sign him on loan, with an option to sign him permanently at the end of the campaign.

Maxi Gomez (Celta Vigo)

Gomez is widely regarded as one of the most promising young forwards in world football

The Hammers were strongly linked with a move for Gomez in January after Arnautovic admitted he wanted a move away.

The 22-year-old Uruguay international has been linked with a host of suitors after scoring 13 goals and providing five assists in 35 LaLiga games last season.

The likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Aston Villa were said to be chasing the youngster this summer, but, according to Sky Sports News, the Hammers are still leading the race for his signature.

And reports on Monday claim West Ham have activated Gomez’s £44.85million release clause following Arnautovic’s departure.

He may soon become the club’s fourth arrival, following the captures of Villarreal attacker Pablo Fornals and goalkeepers David Martin and Roberto Gago.

Moussa Dembele (Lyon)

Moussa Dembele scored 17 times for Lyon last season
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There was a lot pressure on the Frenchman’s shoulders when he moved to Lyon from Celtic last summer, but he delivered with 21 goals in all competitions for the Ligue 1 side.

The 22-year-old is no stranger to English football, having played for Fulham before joining Celtic.

But he was very young during his spell with the Cottagers and now he has more experience under his belt in the Scottish and French leagues.

He could prove to be a big hit in the English top flight, with his skill set seemingly perfectly suited to the division.

A move for Dembele would no doubt be a risk, but it may be worth taking as he would be a cheaper option than other forwards on this list.

Nicolas Pepe (Lille)

West Ham should go all out for Pepe
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There is no doubting it would take a minor miracle for Hammers chiefs to pull off this signing.

Pepe has been the subject of heavy transfer speculation throughout the summer, with Bayern, Arsenal and Liverpool all showing strong interest in his services.

However, a deal is yet to be agreed which means the interested parties are having doubts about whether to pay Lille’s desired fee.

West Ham should swoop in on the 22-year-old, who netted 22 times and provided 11 assists in a superb campaign and finished as the Ligue 1’s second top scorer.

Wissam Ben Yedder (Sevilla)

Ben Yedder is reportedly close to a move to Manchester United
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Although he has been strongly linked with Man United, West Ham should attempt to sign Ben Yedder from Sevilla.

He single-handedly knocked United out of the Champions League with a superb display and he may want a fresh challenge in the Premier League with an up-and-coming Hammers side led by Manuel Pellegrini.

The striker bagged 30 goals and 11 assists in 54 games for Sevilla last season and would be one of the signings of the summer if he secured a move to the claret and blue outfit.

Everton transfer news: How Toffees could line up with Juventus starlet Moise Kean next season 

28 Jun

Everton have been linked with a move for Juventus striker Moise Kean.

The Toffees have struggled for goals from their forwards since Romelu Lukaku joined Manchester United in a £75million deal in 2017.

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Lukaku scored 87 goals in his four seasons at Goodison Park.

And Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Cenk Tosun and Sandro Ramirez have failed to fill the void left by the Belgium international.

Kean enjoyed a fine breakthrough season with Juventus last term, netting seven goals in 17 appearances.

And reports in Italy claim Everton are plotting a €30million (£26.8million) move for the 19-year-old.

Toffees star Richarlison played as a makeshift striker at times last season after Everton boss Marco Silva lost faith in Tosun.

And despite Calvert-Lewin ending the 2018/19 campaign as Silva’s first-choice striker, the England Under-21 international has not scored since the beginning of March.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin starting place could be under threat if Moise Kean joins Everton
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Richarlison and Gylfi Sigurdsson finished the season as the club’s joint top scorers with 14 goals, while Calvert-Lewin and Tosun managed a combined total of 12.

Everton kicked off their summer spending by making Andre Gomes’ loan move from Barcelona permanent last week.

The Portugal international, who was also chased by West Ham, signed for £22million on a five-year deal.

Only Liverpool (21), Manchester City (20) and Chelsea (16) kept more clean sheets than Everton (14) in the 2018/19 Premier League campaign.

And so with a solid defence, Silva is believed to be on the lookout for more attacking options.

Kean, who was the first player born in 2000 to debut in Serie A, would have hugely benefitted by playing with Cristiano Ronaldo last season.

The Italy Under-21 star could seamlessly fit into an Everton side that will be pushing for a top six spot next term.

4-2-3-1

This was Silva’s preferred formation as Everton finished eighth after a horrendous start last season.

Kean could play the lone striker role and bring Bernard, Sigurdsson and Richarlison into the game with his hold-up play.

Moise Kean’s goals could aid Everton’s top-six push

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This formation could see Calvert-Lewin or Richarlison, depending on the opponent, offer Kean more support up front, while allowing attacking full-backs Seamus Coleman and Lucas Digne more opportunities to roam forward.

Sigurdsson, playing slightly further back than usual, could be the team’s deep-lying playmaker.

Kurt Zouma would be Everton’s third centre-half if they are able to sign him on a permanent deal from Chelsea.

Marco Silva used a back-three formation at times last season

Racial abuse in Italian stadiums ‘is not real racism’, says Roma boss Claudio Ranieri

25 May

Racial abuse in Italian stadiums ‘is not real racism’, according to Roma boss Claudio Ranieri.

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and Juventus’ Moise Kean have been victims of racism this season with both players being subjected to monkey chants.

Claudio Ranieri is set to leave Roma at the end of the season
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On the international stage, England boss Gareth Southgate was saddened by racial abuse aimed at Danny Rose and Raheem Sterling during a 5-1 win at Montenegro in March.

And despite the incidents in Serie A during the season, Ranieri told La Gazzetta dello Sport: “The racism you hear in stadiums is just something very silly to mock, in a very, very stupid way, a lad whose skin colour is not as light.

“It’s silliness. I don’t think there is real racism in stadiums, or at least it’s only a very small part of it.”

Ranieri was named Roma boss until the end of the season in March after being sacked by Fulham.

He added: “I’ve had a lot of fun.

“Coaching the squad of the town where you were born, where you cheered them on from the stands, in the Curva, in away games, it’s different to anything else.”

Cagliari escape with no sanctions for fans’ racial abuse of Juventus striker Moise Kean in Serie A clash

14 May

Cagliari will face no punishment for the racial abuse their fans hurled at Juventus striker Moise Kean.

The teenager was subject to racist taunts from the crowd during the game when Juve travelled to the Sardinian club for the Serie A clash in April.

He held his arms out after scoring Juve’s second as they won the match 2-0.

Moise Kean scored in the match where he suffered abuse from the Cagliari fans
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The celebration appeared to be in reaction to the chants and he was then subjected to further abuse.

His team-mate Blaise Matuidi threatened to walk off during the match as he was also on the receiving end of abuse.

Serie A released a statement on Tuesday saying it had decided not to sanction Cagliari over the incident.

“The chants, even if they were reprehensible, objectively had a limited relevance to the game, even considering the perception,” the statement read. “The decision is not to apply sanctions to Cagliari.”

The decision has been met with condemnation from the footballing community.

Kick It Out tweeted a strong response to the Serie A statement.

It said: “Embarrassing. Pathetic. Disgraceful. Racism will never be kicked out of football while decisions like this continue to take place – @FIGC should hang their heads in shame.”