New signing issues apology after getting carried away.
New Atalanta signing Giulio Migliaccio has been forced to issue a public apology for driving a tank over a number of cars because he thought they were painted in the colours of their rivals, ESPN reports.
The new signing from Palermo became what the club’s official website called an”inadvertent protagonist” in a stunt at the Atalanta fans’ preseason street festival that saw a tank driven over cars painted in the colours of rival clubs Roma and Brescia.
The Italian FA have launched an enquiry into the incident after a number of the club’s ultras piloted a tank over several cars with Migliaccio and Atalanta legend Glenn Peter Stromberg on board.
The 32-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Fiorentina quickly realised the gravity of the overboard prank and issued an apology via the club’s website.
“I was inadvertently the protagonist. In a party atmosphere, in among a huge crowd of fans, including lots of women and children, I was invited on board a tank which has been going around for years at the Festa della Dea, parading players and staff to salute the people.
“I certainly could not have imagined that, at a certain stage, we would have crushed two cars taken from the scrap yard. I only realised when we were already going over them and, since I could not see since I was high up and at the back, I did not know that they had the symbols of two football clubs on them.
“I’m very sorry about the incident. You just have to think that, in my not-so-brief career as a footballer, I have always been instilled with the values of the sport and with maximum correctness on the field, so much so that I’ve only received one red card, for two yellows, in almost 500 games as a professional footballer.”
As of yet no punishment has been handed to the midfielder, though with the FIGC investigation ongoing he can be expected to be hit with a pretty hefty ban.