By Chris Wright
New Atalanta signing Giulio Migliaccio for becoming an “inadvertent protagonist” in a stunt at the Atalanta fans’ pre-season street festival that saw a tank driven over cars painted in the colours of rival clubs Roma and Brescia – and incident into with the Italian FA (FIGC) have since launched an inquiry.
Grovelling on Atalanta’s official website, Migliaccio said:
“I was inadvertently the protagonist. In a party atmosphere, in among a huge crowd of fans, including lots of women and children, I was invited on board a tank which has been going around for years at the Festa della Dea, parading players and staff to salute the people.
“I certainly could not have imagined that, at a certain stage, we would have crushed two cars taken from the scrap yard. I only realised when we were already going over them and, since I could not see since I was high up and at the back, I did not know that they had the symbols of two football clubs on them.
“I’m very sorry about the incident. You just have to think that, in my not-so-brief career as a footballer, I have always been instilled with the values of the sport and with maximum correctness on the field, so much so that I’ve only received one red card, for two yellows, in almost 500 games as a professional footballer.”
A player sincerely apologising for driving a tank around the streets of a city and crushing cars painted in rival club’s colours? Well, we can honestly say that that is a new one on us.