Cagliari president Tommaso Giulini said any abuse aimed at Juventus forward Moise Kean on Tuesday was not racist.
Kean, 19, celebrated in front of the Cagliari fans after sealing Juve’s 2-0 victory in the 85th minute in the Serie A.
But Giulini claimed the club’s fans would have reacted the same way had Kean’s club and Italy team-mate Federico Bernardeschi scored.
“If Bernardeschi had celebrated like that, the same thing would have happened,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
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Giulini, whose team are 13th in the table, said he heard no racist abuse during the encounter.
“All I heard were whistles and jeers, but if you with your microphones picked up a few isolated racist insults, then of course those were wrong,” he said.
“But there’s no need to be self-righteous about it and cast a shadow over the entire Cagliari fanbase or the club.”
The in-form Kean scored for the fourth straight game for club and country as Juve moved 18 points clear at the top of the table.
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