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Mario Balotelli: Leonardo Bonucci "lucky I wasn't there" after Moise Kean comment

Last updated 1 year ago | By Mirror

Mario Balotelli and Leonardo Bonucci in a past match for Italy [Courtesy]

Mario Balotelli says Leonardo Bonucci is "lucky I wasn't there" after his comments following the racial abuse Moise Kean suffered while playing for Juventus at Cagliari.

Nineteen-year-old forward Kean was jeered by some home fans during Juve's 2-0 win on Tuesday night, and after scoring Juve's second goal he reacted by holding his hands outstretched and looking at supporters in the 'Curva' section of the Sardegna Arena.

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But instead of condemning the home supporters after the match, Bonucci sparked fury by appearing to suggest that Kean was just as much to blame for the abuse.

Moise Kean celebrates in front of Cagliari fans [Courtesy]

“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 told Sky Sport Italia.

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“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.”

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Commenting on Kean's Instagram post - an image of him with outstretched arms after the goal - Balotelli wrote: “Bravo! And tell Bonucci that he’s lucky I wasn’t there. Instead of defending you he does that? Wow, I am honestly shocked. I love you, brother!”

Balotelli's former Manchester City teammate Yaya Toure also hit out Bonucci, as well as Juve manager Massimiliano Allegri - who after the match said Kean should "avoid certain gestures" in order to not provoke "one or two idiots" - for his failure to back the teenager up adequately.

"For me it's a disgrace. You can't do that," Toure told UEFA's Equal Game conference on Wednesday.

"It was unbelievable. A teammate, a manager saying: 'You shouldn't have done that' to one of your own players.

"I think it's the worst scenario you can have in football. Your teammate attacking you, saying things like that, is just unbelievable. I can't imagine how hurt he was when he saw that."