Leonardo Bonucci “expressed himself badly” in reacting to racist abuse suffered by Moise Kean, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has said.
Kean, 19, was a target of racist chants at Cagliari with captain Bonucci saying the player’s goal celebration meant he was partly to blame.
But Allegri said: “With his mind still on the game, post-match, he expressed himself badly.
“He realised this and apologised. These two things are distinct.”
Allegri added: “Racism must always be fought and is never justifiable.”
Of his suggestion the striker was in any way to blame for the abuse he suffered, Bonucci later stated he was “clearly misunderstood” and was “too hasty” in his comments.
The chants aimed at Italy international Kean prompted controversy in the country, with national team manager Roberto Mancini describing it as “intolerable” and calling for “tough” action against racism.
Cagliari chairman Tommaso Giulini issued a statement calling for “commitment, culture and initiatives” in order to tackle racism in the game.
“Racism is always to be condemned even in all its infinitesimal forms,” said Giulini.