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Juventus player complains of racial abuse

Juventus player complains of racial abuse

Blaise Matuidi signed for Juventus from Paris St-Germain last summerJuventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi says he was the subject of racial abuse during his side's 1-0 win at Cagliari in Serie A on Saturday.His claim comes two days after Verona received a suspended partial stadium ban and fine[/i] for a section of their fans racially abusing the 30-year-old.The France midfielder said "weak people try to intimidate with hate".
"I am not a hater and can only be sorry for those who set bad examples," Matuidi said on his Facebook page.[/i]He added: "Today I experienced racism during the match."Football is a way to spread equality, passion and inspiration and this is what I am here for. Peace."Federico Bernardeschi scored the only goal of the game 16 minutes from time as Juventus recorded a sixth win in seven games to head into the two-week winter break one point behind leaders Napoli.The incident at Verona took place on 30 December, when Matuidi scored the opening goal in a 3-1 win.The Serie A club were punished for "the expression of racial discrimination, lasting about 10 seconds" towards Matuidi by a section of the home supporters in the fifth minute.
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