As reported by Football Italia, the Bologna ultras released a statement demanding an immediate retraction of the accusations: "With reference to the media coverage of supposed racist chants towards Kean, the Centro Bologna Club demands an immediate retraction. The accusation is unfounded, as the 'boo' noises were simply jeers towards the opposition team and their supporters."
Per the report, Gazzetta dello Sport also suggested the jeers heard were "boo" noises rather than monkey chants. Others disagreed, however, including Tuttosport:
Arjun Pradeep @IndianRegista
🇮🇹 📰 | Front page of Tuttosport headlines on Moise Kean silencing the racist idiots who jeered him in Bologna vs Juventus. The 18 year old secured Juve's passage into the Quarter-finals of Coppa Italia. "Kean silences the idiots. A goal against the jeers." https://t.co/JqcXkQsP4r
The 18-year-old Kean―who has represented Italy in every age group between the under-15 and senior side and has Ivorian parents―made his first senior start for the Serie A giants in the 2-0 win.
The youngster had a fine outing and doubled the Bianconeri lead in the second half, pouncing on a rebound. It was a well-taken goal and his second ever against Bologna, having opened his account as a professional at the same ground:
Fans were happy for the teen, especially given the abuse they believed they heard earlier in the match. Sportswriter Adam Digby was among them:
Many leading figures in Italian football condemned the abuse following the incident, including Kean's team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo:
Juventus themselves have also been sanctioned for racially abusing Koulibaly this season, receiving a stadium ban in October, per Goal's Taiye Taiwo.