Juventus defender Leandro Bonucci “expressed himself badly” when he offered his opinion on the racist abuse directed at team-mate Moise Kean, according to boss Massimilano Allegri.
Bonucci said in a post-match interview that Kean should shoulder 50 per cent of the blame for the abuse which came his way during the Serie A match against Cagliari on Tuesday.
The Juventus defender has since claimed that he was “clearly misunderstood” and was “too hasty” in what he said after the match.
Allegri, who was also criticised for saying Kean should not have celebrated scoring against Cagliari in the manner he did, attempted to set the record straight.
“The form of racism must always be fought against and can never be justified, never ever,” Allegri said.
“I talked about the behaviour of the player, but I didn’t want to justify the behaviour of the public.
“What I said about Kean’s attitude is very different because sometimes he does things that he shouldn’t, like mocking opponents with a result, but all players must have a correct and respectful behaviour.
“Bonucci expressed himself badly but realised this and apologised.”