Wednesday January 25 2012
Lamela: Chiellini provoked me

Roma attacker Erik Lamela has defended his dismissal against Juventus in the Coppa Italia.

The young Argentine was sent-off in last night’s 3-0 loss in Turin after kicking out at Giorgio Chiellini in an off-the-ball incident.

“Chiellini provoked me,” the summer signing from River Plate is quoted as saying on Wednesday morning.

Roma, however, through boss Luis Enrique and director Franco Baldini, have criticised the actions of the South American talent.

“I don’t know what really happened,” the tactician told the Corriere dello Sport. “It is hard to see from the sidelines.

“If he did kick at Chiellini then that certainly wasn’t a nice gesture even if football is a contact sport.”

Baldini noted: “I didn’t see it, but we’ll certainly have to speak with Erik because certain reactions don’t help.”

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