Napoli defender Juan Jesus reiterates his accusations towards Inter Milan veteran Francesco Acerbi regarding racist abuse. 

The Nerazzurri hosted the reigning Italian champions at San Siro in the biggest showdown of Serie A Round 29.


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The encounter ended 1-1, with Jesus scoring the equalizer that ended Inter’s domestic winning streak.

However, an ugly row between the Brazilian and Acerbi eclipsed all other action.

Juan Jesus went over to referee Federico La Penna to say that Acerbi had racially abused him. This took place just before the hour mark.

Specifically, Jesus – who is a person of color – told La Penna that the Inter defender had used a racist slur which translates to the “n-word” in English while speaking to him, according to reports lip-reading the conversation.

Earlier today, Acerbi denied using a racist slur in a swift chat with reports while prematurely departing the Italy camp.

As for Juan Jesus, he had initially played down the episode following his colleague’s apology.

Napoli Defender Juan Jesus Insists Inter Milan Veteran Francesco Acerbi Called Him The N-Word

However, he was irked by Acerbi’s latest statement, which prompted him to reply on social media.

The Brazilian posted an explosive statement, insisting that the Inter defender used the N-word before apologizing on the pitch.

“For me. the matter was closed yesterday on the pitch with Acerbi’s apology,” posted Jesus on his Instagram account.

“I honestly would have preferred not to go back to something as vile as what I had to suffer.

“Today, however, I read Acerbi’s statements which are totally at odds with the reality, and with what he himself said yesterday on the pitch, as well as the video evidence.

“We must fight racism here and now.”

“Acerbi told me ‘go away, black (in Italian), you’re just a n-word’. Following my protest to the referee, he admitted he had made a mistake and apologized to me, then also adding: “For me, the n-word is an insult like any other.’

“Today he changed his story and claims that there was no racist insult. I have nothing to add on the matter,” concluded the Napoli defender.

Acerbi may be facing serious charges that could culminate in a lengthy ban.