Monday November 12 2012
Mauri hails apologetic De Rossi

Lazio’s Stefano Mauri has applauded Daniele De Rossi after the Roma man apologised for striking him in the derby.

The midfielder was sent-off in the closing stages of the first half after he clashed with his former Italian international teammate in the build up to a Giallorossi set-piece.

De Rossi, who was subsequently omitted from the Italy squad as a result, went into the Lazio changing rooms after the game to make peace.

“De Rossi is a great champion who made an error,” Mauri stated. “He immediately said sorry – honour to him.”

Roma took the lead at a drenched Stadio Olimpico, but it was the Biancocelesti who again ended the game celebrating.

“It was beautiful,” the playmaker added. “A great Lazio took home another derby. I’m happy that I scored, but especially for how we played and that we gave the fans an immense joy.”

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