Juventus fan apologises to Maignan: “I drank too much beer and I was out of my mind”

By Oliver Fisher -

The Juventus fan who racially abused Mike Maignan has publicly apologised for his actions, but chose to blame them on alcohol.

A video circulated after the game at the Allianz Stadium which ended in a 1-1 draw, and it showed the Rossoneri goalkeeper Maignan being hammered by racist phrases while warming up by a Juventus fan, with the words ‘negro’ and ‘monkey’ shouted repeatedly within earshot of the Frenchman.

It did not take long for the culprit to be identified. He is a Juventus supporter originally from the province of Rovigo, and the cameras at the Allianz Stadium were able to pick him out. He received the official expulsion from his Juventus Club yesterday and now he will likely be prosecuted as well.

The newspaper La Voce di Rovigo has exclusively collected the testimony of Gabrielli, who said he was deeply sorry for what happened.

“I made a mistake and I apologise, I behaved like a fool. I drank too much beer and I was out of my mind in the stadium. I made an idiotic mistake, I was irresponsible,” he said (via MilanLive).

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  1. If that was true, makers of alcoholic beverages need to add more warnings to their labels: bad for children, don’t drink if pregnant women, don’t drink and drive, and it may make you temporarily racist at a football game.

  2. He wasn’t sorry until he was caught. Now that he might get a lifelong ban from the stadium, he SAYS he’s sorry. It’s best for everyone that he watches the rest of the matches at home from tv. Well… Maybe not for his wife IF he has one.

  3. so let me get this straight: first, you drank too much and behave like a stupid asshole, then you were stupid enough to post video using your own account to social media after the game?

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