New Atalanta signing Giulio Migliaccio has apologised for his part in a incident involving a tank which overshadowed a pre-season fans’ festival.
Migliaccio was on board the armoured vehicle driven by a group of Atalanta fans which crushed two cars emblazoned with the names and colours of rivals Brescia and Roma. The Italian FA (FIGC) has launched an inquiry into the incident while the former Palermo player insists he did not have any idea what the fans were planning.
“I was inadvertently the protagonist,” he wrote in a letter published on his club’s website. “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 (party), 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.”
The 32-year-old says he nevertheless regrets the incident which risks tainting an otherwise practically flawless career.
“I’m very sorry about the incident,” he continued. “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.”
Migliaccio could nevertheless be punished by the FIGC for his role in an incident which has drawn widespread disapproval in Italy.