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Bonucci agrees to be booed for Juve, but not for Italy


REUTERS: Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci said on Monday he has no problem playing for his Juventus club, but he can not accept the representation of the national team.

Bonucci, who left AC Milan after a season to return to Juve in August, was faced with a small number of fans when he returned to the San Siro Stadium in Milan to play for Italy in the National League match against Portugal.

"I was angry because when you play for the national team, club interests and problems have to be put aside," Bonucci told reporters before Tuesday before the United States in Belgium.

"When I faced offending, wearing the jerseys from Juventus and Milan, we always accepted it. Unfortunately, it is part of the Italian football and our culture to come to the stadium and whistle the players for the choices they make, he said.

"I never let things bother me, even if they brought my family into it, but when you defend your nation and represent 60 million people, it would be nice not to obey them."

Bonucci made 84 appearances for Italy since his debut in 2010 and played in the final defeat of Euro 2012 by Spain. Juve won six Serie A titles and three Coppa Italia trophies, as well as two runner-up medals in the Champions League.

(Written by Brian Homewood, Editing by Ken Ferris)

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