The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) has confirmed Cagliari will face no action after Moise Kean, Alex Sandro and Blaise Matuidi were subject to racial abuse during their match on 2 April.
After being continually racially abused during the match, Kean reacted to the monkey chants by celebrating in front of the home supporters after scoring the game’s second goal. He was then criticised by teammate Leonardo Bonucci for his reaction – comments he later backtracked on after widespread backlash spearheaded by Raheem Sterling.
The FIGC, having taken six weeks to investigate the incident and undoubtedly waiting for the rightful outrage towards the incident to calm down, confirmed on Tuesday that no action would be taken against the Sardinian club because the chants had “an objectively limited relevance”.
The verdict from the FIGC was immediately called out by anti-racism organisation Kick It Out in a post on Twitter: “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.”
Embarrassing. Pathetic. Disgraceful.
— Kick It Out (@kickitout) May 14, 2019
It’s another somewhat predictable yet completely unacceptable decision from the FIGC that exemplifies how much work there still needs to be done in the international football community to stamp racism out of the game. Decisions like this continue to set a dangerous precedent, and a much harsher crack down on incidents such as this urgently need to administered in future.