Moise Kean left former England manager Fabio Capello thoroughly unimpressed after picking up a wild red card in Serie A.
The Italian forward, currently at Juventus, entered the Old Lady’s Serie A fixture at Roma as a substitute. Coming on late in the game, Kean certainly made an impact – but for all the wrong reasons.
Just forty seconds after arriving on the pitch, Kean got in a tangle with Roma’s Gianluca Mancini. Feeling aggrieved that he did not get a free kick, the Juve man reacted angrily to Mancini holding him.
Kean wildly kicked the opposing defender right in front of the referee. Unsurprisingly, the official decided to send him off in one of the most blatant red cards you will see.
The disastrous cameo of Moise Kean did not sit well with Fabio Capello. Working for Sky Sports Italia, the former coach was at a loss for words at the striker’s bizarre actions.
“What do you want to say to him?” said Capello, via Football Italia. “What he did means [that] he understood nothing. I’d waste time talking to him. This will reduce the respect of his teammates.
“He had to focus on the game but affected everyone instead. Surely, he knows that too. It is something that should never happen. There was probably a foul before, but the referee didn’t see it – he only spotted the reaction.”
Kean’s manager, Massimiliano Allegri, added that the striker will also pay a big, club-mandated fine. He can expect a multiple-match ban from Serie A for his violent conduct, too.
Meanwhile, away from the Moise Kean drama, Roma matched a stat that they had not achieved since Fabio Capello was their manager.
Roma match Fabio Capello record with win over Juve as Moise Kean sees red
According to Opta Stats, the Giallorossi have gone unbeaten against Juve in a single Serie A campaign for the first time since 2003/04. Back then, Fabio Capello sat in the Roma dugout: He oversaw a 2-2 draw in Turin and a 4-0 win at home during that season.
Now, though, Jose Mourinho has led the club of the eternal city to a crucial 1-0 victory on Sunday night.
The match at the Stadio Olimpico had a first half where chances were few and far between. Paulo Dybala, facing his former club once more, tested Wojciech Szczesny in the Juve net. Similarly, Manuel Locatelli had a try from range for the visitors.
Juve had a marginally better first half, creating opportunities such as Adrien Rabiot’s header that was saved onto the post.
However, Roma responded after the interval by taking the lead through an unlikely source. Defender Gianluca Mancini hit a tremendous strike from outside the box that flew into the bottom corner.
Knowing that they needed a result to keep their diminishing top-four hopes alive, Juve pressed on. The Old Lady went extremely close, too, hitting the woodwork twice. Firstly, Juan Cuadrado saw his free kick strike the post, then the frame helped Mancini avoid scoring an own goal.
Nevertheless, Roma managed to hold on to secure a vital win in the context of Serie A. Jose Mourinho’s side leapfrogged AC Milan into fourth place and remain just three points behind Inter in second.
Contrastingly, Juventus slid back to eighth place. They are twelve points off the top four, helped in no part by their points deduction in January.
The Turin club must now prepare to face Sampdoria next weekend without Moise Kean.
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