Leonardo Bonucci tried to “clarify my feelings” after initially saying Juventus teammate Moise Kean shouldered 50-50 blame for racist abuse.
The interview Bonucci gave with Sky Sport Italia at the final whistle of the 2-0 victory away to Cagliari on Tuesday night caused controversy that echoed all over the world, drawing condemnation from the likes of Memphis Depay, Yaya Toure and Raheem Sterling.
Bonucci has been heavily criticized for his comments and he has now backtracked on them saying that he was ‘too hasty’.
However, he wrote on Instagram: ‘After 24 hours I want to clarify my feelings. 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.’
Sterling had branded criticism of Kean laughable while the Italian Football Federation issued an apology after the teenage striker was racially abused by fans.
After scoring Juve’s second goal in the 2-0 win at Cagliari, he stood next to the post and spread his arms in a defiant response to monkey chants coming from the stands. His manager Massimiliano Allegri was also critical of his celebration.