Argentine international Dybala, who is currently training as Juventus prepares to resume the Italian football season in the Italian Cup match on Friday against Milan, remembers his influence on Kane and believes that the country’s soccer authorities should impose tougher penalties in the league that has been suffering from Racist abuse incidents.
“It wasn’t really easy for him, and I faced many racist situations with his Juventus teammates in other stadiums,” Dybala told CNN in an exclusive interview. “Many Italian stadiums have a certain racism against some players – as happened to Mario Balotelli, as happened to (Miralem) Pjanic in a match against Brescia and I think the Italian sanctions should be tougher.
“If not, then we will be the players who will have to take action with our hands so that this does not continue to happen, because we are talking about one of the biggest championships in the world, where millions of people watch if they see that there is racism and no action has been taken, People are encouraged and continue to do so.
“The people who have to take action need to take it, or certainly in a short time it will be the players who will take direct action. As has happened several times in the past, many players decide to leave the field or not to play and it seems to me an ideal decision because it is something that should not It happens in a country.
“If the society does not, in this case, decide the Italian federation to do anything, then the players must be the ones to act. Or, as the referees have done several times in the past, stop the match so that they do not continue to commit that crime.”
The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNN.
On May 25, George Floyd, an unarmed black man, died in Minneapolis after being arrested by a white police officer who forcibly put him on the ground for several minutes by kneeling on his neck. His death sparked widespread protests worldwide.
Since Floyd’s death, many of the Bundesliga players and teams have joined these protests on the field, led by the Quartet Jadon Sancho, Ashraf Hakimi, Weston McKinney and Marcus Thuram.
Dybala believes that his black colleagues should never believe that they should fight the racists alone.
“Sometimes it can be hard to put yourself in the shoes of someone who suffers from racism when you don’t really experience it, because you don’t feel it,” Dybala says. “But you know what happens because a teammate suffers from racism not only because of the color of his skin, but because of the country to which these people who discriminate against them or who they feel is bad.
“This is not only because of the skin tone, but people are discriminated against because of everything. I saw Asian players who were with me on the youth team and these things are sad.”
“Fortunately, my family taught me differently, and I can respect people for what they are, their way of thinking and not because of the way they dress, the country they belong to or the color of their skin.
“I think everyone should grow up this way, but it is clear that this is not the case. Here, it is not that only people of color must fight racism. Here we have to unite as a society, as a world I do not do it.”
After Kane’s racist violations against Cagliari, Juventus director Massimiliano Alegre and defender Leonardo Bonucci were widely condemned for their comments on the accident.
Bonucci said that Kane had to bear “50-50 blame”, while Alegre criticized the young man for his celebration after recording it.
The defender then retracted his comments, saying he was “misunderstood” and “very hasty” and while Dybala admitted that these comments were wrong, he believed they did not really represent the husband.
Dipala says: “At the time, the correct words were not what was going on.” “You have to be very careful when talking about certain things and getting the right message you want to say, because words are often not taken as one really wants to say.
“Of course the player and coach can learn from certain things, because I know them well and know that they have no racist ideas. Maybe at that time they did not use the words they wanted to say. So, repeat, I think so [fighting racism] Something we must do, so that it does not happen on a football field. “
The future of Juventus
Dybala, nicknamed “La Joya” – “The Jewel”, since his professional debut at the Argentine Institute, has become one of the most sought-after players in Europe.
Dybala humbly insists that he never expected to reach the heights of a club like Juventus, or to have the opportunity to represent Argentina on the international stage.
The 26-year-old was born in Laguna Larga, a small town of only 6,000 people “where dreams often seem out of reach,” he said.
Now, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo, Dybala is one of Juventus’ most valuable possessions. Given how important it is to Maurizio Sari, it seems absurd to think that this time last year he almost left the club.
Dybala recalls, “It was almost last year at this point when Juventus didn’t want to rely on me, and didn’t want to continue playing here.” “Then I was contacted and there were some clubs that were interested in me. They included Manchester United and Tottenham. I think for a long time that there were talks, then Paris Saint-Germain appeared.
“I did not speak directly with any of them, but there were conversations with the clubs. However, I had intended to stay at that time. I have not had a good or positive year for the past six months, so I did not want to leave with this picture because I think I gave the club Many wonderful moments and it was not fair to go like this.
“So I also informed that it was my intention to stay and work to grow and do my best here. Obviously it was not easy because Juventus’s intentions were different, but after the market closed, there was no more time and with Sarri arriving I got a lot older. The team started Playing football better made me stay and spend a great year today. “
Given that some of the largest clubs in Europe were striving to sign him, it is surprising that Juventus did not connect his star after the summer of 2022.
Dybala is clear-headed and sees his future only in Turin, but he admits that it is a decision that must be agreed upon between the two parties.
Dybala admits that “at the moment there is nothing really”. “I have a year and a half remaining on my contract, and that’s not much, and I understand that with all this has happened [coronavirus] It is not easy for the club, but the other players are new too – so here we are waiting.
“Obviously I am a player in this club and I am happy to be here. People love me a lot and I love people a lot. I have great appreciation for the club and the people who are here, I have a good relationship with my master, and certainly they will come to chat – or maybe not, I don’t know.
“At some point there may be some potential innovation, but that depends on Juventus.
Dybala is one of the very few players who have been delighted to play alongside Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, by some distance the greatest players of their generation.
While on international duty with Argentina, the couple rarely talks about football but Dybala admits to playing alongside his club-level international teammate and is an attractive proposition.
“The truth is that Barcelona is a huge team all over the world and with Messi being bigger,” he says. “It will be very cool, but Juventus is also a great club, very big, full of history, where there are currently great players.
“There is enough quality here to form two teams and the opportunity to play with them [Gianluigi] Buffon and Cristiano Ronaldo, who make the club bigger. “