Leonardo Bonucci Backtracks On Moise Keane Racism Remarks

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has sought to ‘clarify’ his comments on the racial abuse suffered by his teammate Moise Kean in an Instagram post.Kean was targeted by some Cagliari fans in Tuesday night’s Serie A fixture, and after scoring Juve’s second goal he reacted by holding his arms outstretched and looking up at supporters in ‘Curva’ section of the Sardegna Arena. After the game, Bonucci appeared to suggest that Kean was just as much to blame for the abuse as the supporters. “Kean knows that when he scores a goal, he has to focus on celebrating with his teammates. He knows he could’ve done something differently too,” Bonucci said. “There were racist jeers after the goal, Blaise (Matuidi) heard it and was angered. I think the blame is 50-50, because Moise shouldn’t have done that and the Curva should not have reacted that way. We are professionals, we have to set the example and not provoke anyone.”The defender was widely criticised for his comments on Wednesday, with forward Mario Balotelli – who has played alongside Bonucci for Italy – claiming the centre-back was “lucky I wasn’t there” when he made them. But in an Instagram post written in Italian and English on Wednesday evening, Bonucci sought to play down his comments. “After 24 hours I want to clarify my feelings,” he wrote. “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.”Photo Credit: Getty

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