Graziano Pellè put the “sad epilogue” of Euro 2016 behind him, but some Italy fans are angry at his penalty against Germany.
The Azzurri went out of the quarter-finals in a sudden death penalty shoot-out and the Southampton striker was one of those who missed the target.
“Despite a sad epilogue, I will always hold in my heart the memory of a fantastic group of 23 lions,” wrote Pellè on Instagram.
“From the first day of training to this we always helped each other out, in good and bad, so THANK YOU LADS.
“’Unfortunately’ this is football, full of pleasingly unforgettable moments and others to be forgotten, but it remains the most beautiful game in the world. I LOVE FOOTBALL.
“Thanks also to an entire nation that supported us to the last breath or tear of this tournament. PROUD TO BE ITALIAN.”
However, the response to this post was mixed, as Pellè missed a penalty after attempting mind games with Manuel Neuer.
As he walked up, he made gestures suggesting he was going to try a Panenka-style chip, only to then scuff it wide of the near post – with Neuer guessing the right angle anyway.
“I was frankly expecting an apology,” wrote one supporter on the Instagram page.
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