Monday April 4 2011
Cassano: I was naive again

Antonio Cassano freely admits that the red card he received in Saturday's Milan derby was another example of his naivety.

The Italy international playmaker came off the bench, scored a penalty and was then sent off for a second bookable offence.

"It's another ingenuity that I have committed and I will pay for it," Cassano said. "I have committed many ingenuities in my career and I hope to commit fewer.

"Silvio Berlusconi said that I would be decisive in the derby. I can say that the President is someone who I respect a lot.

"He has always reserved great compliments for Cassano the footballer and also Cassano the man and for this reason I would like to thank him again with all my heart.

"I also have a great relationship with the fans: when I was warming up they sang my name and as soon as I came on there was a big roar."

Looking ahead to the final run-in, Cassano said: "Zlatan Ibrahimovic's return is important. He is as fundamental for us as Alex Pato.

"Now we have to think about getting maximum points against Fiorentina."

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