Bonucci: Why I had to silence Man City's Balotelli

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has explained his clash with Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli during Italy's victory over the Republic of Ireland.

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has explained his clash with Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli during Italy's victory over the Republic of Ireland.

Balotelli scored with a sensational overhead kick, but then started to shout something until Bonucci clasped a hand over his mouth.

“He said something in English, so I’ve no idea what it was! Unfortunately, Mario is very instinctive and that is also his strength. Without that personality he wouldn’t have scored such a great goal.”

It’s believed SuperMario was sending a message to the Irish fans who jeered heavily when he stepped on to the pitch.

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