Sunday March 23 2014
Benatia explains Maicon row

Mehdi Benatia revealed he “did not like one little bit” the way Douglas Maicon shouted at him during Chievo-Roma.

The incident occurred during the first half of the Giallorossi’s 2-0 victory on Saturday evening, as the two teammates got into a visibly heated exchange.

“These things can happen during games,” Benatia told Sky Sport Italia.

“Maicon was very angry and he made that clear to me in a way I did not like one little bit. We discussed it over the half-time break.

“Now everything has been cleared up between us.”

The win was a surprisingly comfortable one for Roma, who hadn’t won at the Bentegodi since 2010.

“Against Udinese last week we conceded two goals, so we wanted to keep a clean sheet. If we avoid conceding every time I have a row with one of my teammates, then that’s fine with me!”

The Moroccan international picked up a yellow card and will be suspended for Tuesday’s game against Torino, splitting up his rock solid partnership with Leandro Castan.

“I don’t think I’m one of the best defenders in Serie A. I am fortunate to play in a very strong side. I am confident and remain concentrated on the game at all times, without fearing anyone. A defender must be judged over a number of games and that means I have a lot still to prove.”

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