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Mancini slams 'unacceptable' Kean abuse, says Bonucci 'misunderstood'

  • 04 April 2019
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Italy head coach Roberto Mancini has described the alleged racist abuse of Moise Kean as "unacceptable" but believes the comments of his team-mate Leonardo Bonucci have been "misunderstood".
Kean's fine display in his side's 2-0 Serie A win against Cagliari on Tuesday was overshadowed by allegations of racist chanting against the 19-year-old, who scored Juve's second goal.
The Italy international celebrated his late strike ahead of Cagliari's supporters amid current abuse, and Bonucci said after the match that Kean should take some of the blame for the taunts because he incited the home crowd.
Bonucci's international team-mate Mario Balotelli reacted strongly to his comments, writing on Kean's Instagram post: "Bravo! And tell Bonucci that he is lucky I wasn't there. Instead of defending you he does that? Wow, I am honestly shocked."
The Italy defender later clarified his remarks via social media, saying that he was "too hasty" in expressing his thoughts and "firmly condemned racism".
Mancini thinks Bonucci's initial response has been misinterpreted and is concerned the fallout from it is overshadowing the alleged behaviour of Cagliari's supporters.


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