Jan 7 (Reuters) - Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi says he was the subject of racial abuse during their 1-0 win at Cagliari on Saturday, days after fellow Serie A side Verona were reprimanded after their supporters directed similar abuse towards the Frenchman.
Verona were handed a fine and a suspended partial stadium ban after supporters racially abused the 30-year-old following his opening goal during Juventus’s 3-1 away win on Dec. 30.
“Today I experienced racism during the match. Weak people try to intimidate with hate. I am not a hater and can only be sorry for those who set bad examples,” Matuidi wrote on his official Facebook account after Saturday’s game.
“Football is a way to spread equality, passion and inspiration and this is what I am here for. Peace.”
Matuidi, who has 62 caps for France, joined Juventus before the start of the current season and has scored twice for the Italian champions. (Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)