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Gianluca Petrachi apologized for having had football as a "game of ...

October 07, 2019 at 23:37

Furious at a late goal against Roma at the last minute, the sporting director illustrated his discontent with a metaphor that fell badly in Italy.

"Football is a men's game, not for ballerinas." Roma sports director Gianluca Petrachi apologized on Monday for the terms used to illustrate the anger with the referee who, in the last round of the Italian league, annulled a goal scored by Roma in the last minute of the home draw (1 -1) with the Cagliari. The decision cost Paulo Fonseca's side two points and the Portuguese coach also criticized the referee's attitude, but the choice of words was different.

As for Petrachi, he went further in the ballet metaphor and even suggested that if the game was for ballerinas, then it would be better to exchange the shoes for the ballet shoes and the football for the "classical dance". The criticism was not long in coming, and at the end of the day, Rome broadcast through social media a leading statement of apology.
"I apologize if anyone was offended by my words. It was not my intention to imply that football is a sport for men only and not for women. Football is everyone's and in Rome we are very proud of our women's team. and for promoting women's football, "said Gianluca Petrachi.

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