Rabat – It has nothing to do with the defender of Juventus.
The video went viral on social media. Last Saturday, at the presentation of the Italian championship trophy, Mehdi Benatia had quite a lonely moment. The Moroccan international football player wanted to shake the hands of two hostesses before going on the stage, but neither of the two ladies accepted his handshake.
Following the incident, a lot of reactions were posted on social media as people quickly jumped to conclusions, describing the scene as “racist.”
After receiving a lot of messages, one of the hostesses took to her Instagram page to explain herself. “I received several messages asking me why I did not shake Benatia’s hand. I want to clarify the situation: The rules forbid us any contact with people around us, so there is no personal consideration in this gesture, I am actually a big fan of Juve!” she said.
????Dopo più di un milione di visualizzazioni su social ho ricevuto molti messaggi in Direct e commenti su Benatia. Le regole delle hostess non permettono di avere alcun contatto con i protagonisti durante le manifestazioni ufficiali. Quindi nulla di personale nel non aver dato la mano al calciatore . Sono tifosa juventina e esprimo alla società Juventus i miei complimenti per la vittoria. ???? #benatia #hostess #juventusgirl #juveverona #mehdibenatia #juve #seria #juventus #fantozzi #friendzoned #scudetto #premiazione #bendtner #festascudetto #preniazionejuventus
However, the reactions of people are understandable given the national team captain’s history of facing animosity in Italy.
Last month, the Atlas Lion was harshly insulted by Italian comedian Maurizio Crozza who called him all kinds of names after the Real Madrid-Juventus match. In 2017, he was in the middle of a television interview when someone called him a “sh***y Moroccan” in his earpiece.
Benatia, 31, has spent most of his career in Italy, where he has played for Udinese, AS Roma, and Juventus. He joined the latter two years ago on loan from German football giant Bayern Munich.