Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci said on Monday that he had no problems with mockery when he played for his Juventus club, but could not accept him, representing the national team.
REUTERS: Italy's defender Leonardo Bonucci said on Monday that he would have no trouble scoffing when he played for his Juventus club, but could not accept him, representing the national team.
Bonucci, who left Milan after one season to return to Juve in August, was booed by a small number of fans when he returned to the stadium in San Siro in Milan to play in Italy in the League of Nations match with Portugal which ended 0: 0,
“I was annoyed because when you play for the national team, the interests and problems of the clubs should be postponed,” Bonucci told reporters on the eve of a friendly meeting in the USA with the United States in Belgium.
“When I found myself confronted with bullying, wearing Juventus and Milan shirts, I always accepted them. Unfortunately, it’s part of Italian football and our culture to come to the stadium and whistle players for the choices they make, ”he said.
“I never allowed some things to bother me, even when they brought my family, but when you protect your nation and represent 60 million people, it would be nice not to expose them.”
Bonucci made 84 performances in Italy since his debut in 2010 and played in the final defeat of Euro 2012 Spain. In Juve, he won six Serie A titles and trophies Coppa Italia, as well as two awards in the Champions League.
(Writing by Brian Homewood, editing by Ken Ferris)