Juventus defender Bonucci claims racial abuse remarks about Moise Kean were ‘misunderstood’
JUVENTUS defender Leonardo Bonucci has claimed his comments about the racial abuse Moise Kean suffered against Cagliari were “misunderstood”.
Following the match, the defender had said “the blame was 50-50” and was seconded by Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri, who insisted the Italy starlet “had to learn” how to deal with such situations.
Keane, 19, was subjected to vile monkey chants throughout the Tuesday game and then stood up to the racist fans by celebrating his goal in similar manner to Raheem Sterling against Montenegro.
The abuse he received was so bad that Cagliari captain Luca Ceppitelli had to intervene, which prompted fans in the stands to throw a bottle towards the players.
And Juve midfielder Blaise Matuidi was involved in a touchline spat with Allegri, suggesting to him that the player should walk off the pitch.
Kean was cheered by his team-mates after the game, but Bonucci, 31, shockingly pinned a part of the blame on him for the abuse.
The Juve defender then posted an Instagram snap of him embracing Kean in an Italy shirt with a brief, non-apologetic message that read: “Regardless of anything, in any case… NO TO RACISM.”
But the following day, Bonucci took to social media again to explain his stance on Kean’s situation and insisted his comments were “misunderstood”.
Yesterday I was interviewed right at the end of the game, and my words have been clearly misunderstood, probably because I was too hasty in the way I expressed my thoughts
He said: “After 24 hours I want to clarify my feelings.
“Yesterday I was interviewed right at the end of the game, and my words have been clearly misunderstood, probably because I was too hasty in the way I expressed my thoughts.
“Hours and years wouldn’t be enough to talk about this topic.
“I firmly condemn all forms of racism and discrimination.
“The abuses are not acceptable at all and this must not be misunderstood.”
A number of football personalities slammed Bonucci for his comments with Sterling leading the criticism.
On Instagram, along with a reference to Bonucci’s comments and a number of “tears of joy” and clapping emojis, the Manchester City star wrote: “All you can do is laugh.”
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Kean’s agent Mino Raiola and former Manchester United and Juve defender Patrick Evra also offered support to the Italy starlet.
The teenager himself hit out at the racist fans following the game with defiant social media messages.
He tweeted a shushing emoji before posting an image of his celebration on Instagram, saying: “The best way to respond to racism.”