LEONARDO BONUCCI played 90 minutes of Italy’s World Cup play-off defeat against Sweden with a broken nose.
The AC Milan hardman saw the bridge of his hooter struck by a Ola Toivonen but amazingly wasn’t fazed by the injury and kept playing.
Getty Images – Getty Leonardo Bonucci sustained a broken nose after a challenge from Ola Toivonen Getty – Contributor Leonardo Bonucci and Ola Toivonen clash after just 30 seconds
Bonucci, 30, claims the Swede “broke my nose after 30 seconds and should’ve been sent off”.
Referee Cuneyt Cakir did not book the Sweden striker, but did show a yellow card to his team-mate Marcus Berg for protesting the award of a free kick.
Bonucci said: “I’ve got a fractured nose. He broke my nose after 30 seconds and should’ve been sent off.
“There’s not much you can say other than that. A referee with greater character would’ve sent off at least one of the Swedish players.”
AP:Associated Press The referee believed that the challenge was fair despite the Italians complaints
A fractured nose is a walk in the park for 6ft 2in centre-back Bonucci.
In 2012, the former Juventus star left a Ferrari shop with his wife and child to find a GUN pointed to his head.
The Italian took the shooter and punched his attacker in the face, and actually chased him away.
Italy are on the brink of missing out on the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.