Leonardo Bonucci apologies for his comments about Juventus teammate Moise Kean, insisting he was ‘misunderstood’.
The Juve defender came under strong criticism when he suggested Kean was half to blame for the racist abuse he recieved in Juve’s 2-0 victory over Cagliari.
“Everyone was right to get annoyed,” Bonucci told Le Iene.
“Racism is a scandal and it mustn’t exist in 2019. I’d say I was misunderstood.
“I apologise to those who have misunderstood me because my response wasn’t exhaustive enough. Having said that, I’m against racism 100 percent.
“I heard the boos and the tools are there to go and get the guilty parties and punish them fully.
“Balotelli’s comments? I’ve always loved Mario and I always will.
“At that precise moment Boateng was right. I explained to him my desire that I was misinterpreted.
“I didn’t justify racism, only that I would’ve preferred Moise to have celebrated with us.
“I repeat: they’re all right. I love everyone, the same goes for Thuram. I also talked to him by phone.
“We talked to each other and I explained that I’d been misunderstood, but I’m 100% against racism. It should never be tolerated, on any occasion.”