AC Milan captain Leonardo Bonucci has apologised for the purple card he obtained in Sunday’s Zero-Zero Serie A draw with Genoa, insisting there was no intent in his actions.
Bonucci was proven the purple card after the video assistant referee noticed him putting Genoa’s Aleandro Rosi along with his elbow because the pair tussled for the ball.
Rosi wanted stitches in a head wound and Bonucci has consequently been banned for 2 video games — which means he misses the weekend’s return to his former membership Juventus.
The ban might have been three video games had the Lega Serie A’s disciplinary committee considered it as violent conduct, and the Milan defender says he by no means meant to trigger any hurt.
“I am sorry for what occurred. I definitely did not wish to harm Rosi, I simply wished to free myself from him and everyone has seen what occurred,” he advised Mediaset. “I apologised to him on the finish of the sport and I am actually sorry for what occurred.
“Having stated that, I am going to settle for the decision. We’re in a technological period and freeze-framing can result in this sort of analysis. I am going to miss the sport towards Juventus and I am unhappy about that, however it was clearly future. I think about my teammates to present me one thing to smile about.
“We’d like factors as a result of the league desk reveals that we’re shedding too many, however with 10 males on Sunday, we noticed the actual Milan, with character, which you want to reply to your critics.”
Bonucci has had some critics following his transfer to Milan, however one particular person he didn’t count on to talk negatively about him was his psychological coach Alberto Ferrarini.
Ferrarini advised Radio 24 that Bonucci had “hit all-time low” with the purple card, including that he felt “one chapter had closed and one other is opening,” whereas saying how his “ego had sky-rocketed” following his transfer to Milan.
“I disassociate myself totally from what Alberto Ferrarini stated at the moment, which doesn’t mirror my ideas,” Bonucci wrote on Twitter.
Bonucci additionally dismissed rumours he had supplied handy again the captain’s armband following Milan’s defeat to Sampdoria final month.
“I’ve not seen any inside friction [at Milan],” he advised La Gazzetta dello Sport. “The outdated gamers have welcomed the brand new ones rather well. I and Riccardo Montolivo went out for dinner collectively the primary night I joined the squad in China.
“There are not any issues and if there have been to be any in future, they’d be saved between us. Identical to I by no means gave again the captain’s armband. I took this duty within the first place, with honour. There are numerous leaders on this squad and plenty of captains who assist one another out.”
Ben Gladwell reviews on Serie A, the Italian nationwide crew and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Affiliation. @UEFAcomBenG.