Bernardeschi: ‘I respect my fans’

by | Feb 10, 2018 03:24

Federico Bernardeschi defended his celebrations when scoring for Juventus against his old club Fiorentina. “I respect my fans.”

The winger was on target with a free kick in Friday night’s 2-0 victory, his first return to the Stadio Franchi since a move to Turin, and celebrated wildly.

He seemed to wind up the Viola supporters even before kick-off, staring at the Curva Fiesole section during the warm-up.

Federico Bernardeschi defended his celebrations when scoring for Juventus against his old club Fiorentina. “I respect my fans.”

The winger was on target with a free kick in Friday night’s 2-0 victory, his first return to the Stadio Franchi since a move to Turin, and celebrated wildly.

He seemed to wind up the Viola supporters even before kick-off, staring at the Curva Fiesole section during the warm-up.

“A professional makes choices and has to pursue them in the direction he feels is right,” Bernardeschi told Sky Sport Italia.

“Obviously, there are those who are going to be in favour and those who are against. I think certain reactions ought to be avoided, but that’s part of football.

“I am a Juventus player and I respect my fans. Besides, I did nothing outlandish and I think I showed respect for everyone.

“I celebrated because a player must respect his own fans. I will always thank the club Fiorentina, because they let me grow and mature, so if I have arrived at Juventus, it is also thanks to them.

“I will never lack for gratitude towards the club, but a professional must follow his ideas and show respect towards his own fans.

“I thank all my teammates who were close to me during a night that was not easy and ensured I was able to stay calm. It’s a tough period of fixtures and now we must focus on a great performance against Tottenham in the Champions League.”

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