Reggae Boy McAnuff Would Not Play With Bonucci After Controversial Racial Abuse Comments
Former Jamaica Reggae Boyz midfielder Jobi McAnuff has insisted he could not play with Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, following the player’s recent controversial comments after teammate Moise Kean was racially abused.
Bonucci, the Juventus captain, claimed blame could be apportioned 50-50 after Kean was subject to monkey chants from sections of the Cagliari crowd and celebrated in front of the fans after scoring. The defender does not believe, the 19-year-old Moise should have celebrated in front of the spectators.
“It’s disappointing in this day and age with everything that’s happened, we still have to go through incidents like this,” McAnuff said on The Football Show (TFS).
“The Juventus situation, for me, if my captain had come out said those things, me as a black player, I couldn’t play under him again. It would be that serious for me,” he added.
“It’s great now that players are taking a stand and it’s because they have to because there’s not enough being done by authorities around the world and for me, the next step is going to be leaving the field of play.”
Bonucci, who saw his comments widely criticized, later claimed the statement was ‘misunderstood’ and that any form of racial abuse was unacceptable.