Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri suggests measures to rid Italian football of racism

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Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri believes a fear of making decisions is to blame for Italy’s failure to stamp out racism in football.

Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly was targeted by monkey noises and racist chants during a Serie A match against Inter Milan two weeks ago.

Serie A responded by ordering Inter to play their following two home league games behind closed doors.

Allegri finds the situation frustrating with the 51-year-old demanding life bans be imposed on those who are found guilty.


“This isn’t anything new, many have spoken about it just to fill their mouths,” Allegri said.








“It’s very, very easy, it’s not a matter of splitting an atom in four. There are devices in the stadiums to identify who isn’t respecting the rules.


“If I’m not mistaken, the person who threw a banana at Aubameyang can’t go into stadiums anymore. In Italy we have a problem: there’s fear to make decisions.


“We are all scared of taking important decisions because these are very unpopular. You get him and you give him a lifetime ban.


“And then the second point [on making an on-pitch response]; say there is a penalty and racist abuse starts, what are we supposed to do?


“This thing amuses me, because I have heard many pundits saying this and that. In Italy we are world champions in these cases. Instead of hushing and acting, we all make big speeches when it’s better to hush.”



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Chelsea could beat England but are still a work in progress, says Maurizio Sarri

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Maurizio Sarri

Maurizio Sarri says his Chelsea side could beat Gareth Southgate’s England team, even though the Italian has not had time to fully mould the Blues to play as he wishes.

The 60-year-old on Friday spoke of his disinterest for international football, including last summer’s World Cup, saying all top-level club teams could beat international sides.

Sarri, though, insisted his Blues team are a work in progress, due to his arrival in mid-July and the lack of quality training time, and because of Chelsea’s hectic fixture schedule.

“Our level is not less than the England national team,” Sarri said.

“We can draw, we can lose, we can win. Maybe (I have had) more time than a national team but not enough to organise the team as I want.

“The next (week) will be the first week without three matches starting from August 20, so the time is not enough.”

Sarri insisted all club coaches have little time for international football.

Sarri said: “There isn’t anything to learn. It is a usual position, every coach thinks like me. It is unusual to say it.

“It is impossible to organise very well a team in 30 days. Every team in the World Cup will lose against the top level club teams in every match.

“It is very difficult to see a very organised team in the Euros or World Cup.”

Chelsea play Newcastle in the Premier League on Saturday – in Sarri’s 34th game in charge – seeking to avoid a third straight home league game without scoring for the first time in over 25 years.

Sarri’s side lost to Tottenham in the Carabao Cup semi-final first leg on Tuesday, with the Blues boss following the defeat with a now-traditional hair cut.
“When I lose a match I cut my hair, usually,” the former Napoli boss added.

“Five years I have been doing that. In the last three years in Naples we lost 12 matches in three seasons.”

He expressed hope that he will grow his hair long, like the interpreter who accompanies and supports him in media engagements.

He added: “I hope in the future that I can arrive here like Simonetta.”

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Vinicius Junior making 'huge strides' at Real Madrid, says Santiago Solari

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Vinicius Junior

Real Madrid head coach Santiago Solari praised Vinicius Junior after the Brazilian scored in Los Blancos’ 3-0 win over Leganes on Wednesday.

The 18-year-old, who only joined the European giants last July, scored his third goal of the season as he continues to adjust to life in La Liga.

Solari is pleased with the way Vinicius has settled in at Bernabeu and believes there is plenty to come from the former Flamengo man.

“It was a very good performance. Vinicius is making huge strides,” he said after the game.

“He’s always had the talent but to develop it at the Bernabeu surrounded by wonderful players speaks volumes about his confidence, rawness and the enjoyment he exudes with the ball at his feet.

“He’s 18 years of age and you have to look after yourself in football. It’s important for him to keep going.

“We’re very happy with his current performance levels, he’s keen to take people on. He’s bold and that individual ability to beat a man is very important in modern-day football.

“His goal showed wonderful technique, and also how he puts defenders off balance. We hope he continues to grow both from individual and collective points of view.”

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