Monday February 4 2013
Chiellini sorry for Genoa fracas

Giorgio Chiellini has apologised for his reaction at the end of the controversial 1-1 draw between Juventus and Genoa.

Although the stopper didn’t feature in the game because of injury, he did step on to the field of play at the end of the tie to protest with officials.

Chiellini, who was subsequently handed a one-match ban, was one of a number of Juventus personnel who felt that they should have been awarded an injury-time penalty for an Andreas Granqvist handball.

“Yesterday we won a very important match on a difficult pitch like Verona, which in recent years had always created problems to us,” stated the defender on his website following the 2-1 win.

“Even if I could not play because of my injury, I sat out the one-match ban imposed after my reaction at the end of Juventus-Genoa.

“Now that the controversy about that match has gone, I would like to apologise publicly for the incident,” he added.

“Unfortunately, watching the game from the stands gave me more tension and after the end of the match I reacted too vehemently.

“We players should be the first who give a good example of how to behave on and off the field, so I wanted to apologise to all football and sports fans in general for my behaviour.”

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