Only in Serie A: Atalanta tank unveiling

Phrases: Martin Mork

At the lend a hand of the firecrackers and flares on the Festa della Dea on July 14, 2013, a tank seemed and on board stood 32-365 days-old Giulio Migliaccio, launched to the americans of Bergamo dazzling three days after his transfer from Palermo. An queer presentation, however it spilled over into the realm of the unacceptable when the tank rolled over two autos painted with the symbols of bitter competitors Brescia and Roma.

Atalanta weren’t repeatedly the neutrals’ favourite they are on the present time, with their all-attack form of football, shiny on the lend a hand of the scenes management and beloved followers. They’d a true reputation as scrappers, struggling with against relegation and above all against different followers, with a vicious rivalry against both Roma and their local neighbours Brescia. Lengthy sooner than the Champions League, these were seasons when beating one in every of those two represented a a success marketing campaign.

The willpower to function the tank at autos painted in Brescia and Roma colours for a ritual squishing precipitated controversy handiest three days into his stint with the Dea and the FIGC had to open a disciplinary investigation against the membership and the player.

Migliaccio, who had spent the old season on loan at Fiorentina, was invited to board a tank that was a aged attendee on the competition, however claimed he didn’t request what was about to happen subsequent.

“I was inadvertently the protagonist,” Magliaccio told the membership’s web site after the incident. “In a salvage collectively ambiance, in a enormous crowd of followers, along with a full lot girls folk and early life, I was invited on board a tank which has been going around for years on the Festa della Dea, parading players and workers to salute the americans.

“I surely would possibly perchance also no longer beget imagined that, at a particular level, we’d beget beaten two autos taken from the scrap yard. I handiest realised once we were already going over them and, since I would possibly perchance also no longer take a look at up on from the lend a hand, I didn’t know they had the symbols of two football clubs on them.”

Migliaccio apologised for taking portion and claimed his document on the football pitch proved that it was no longer something that portrayed his character.

“I’m very sorry regarding the incident. You dazzling favor to take into fable at my no longer-so-temporary occupation as a footballer to witness that I beget repeatedly been instilled with the values of the game and with the utmost correctness on the pitch.

“So grand that I’ve handiest obtained one red card, for two yellows, in nearly 500 video games as a expert player.”

But the FIGC’s Disciplinary Commission achieve their foot down and handed the Atalanta midfielder a fine of €17,000 for participating within the ‘behaviour strongly in distinction to the values of sport and harmful to make a local climate of stress between the clubs’ followers’.

The membership was additionally fined €17,000 for the incident, however the midfielder seemed 19 times in Serie A the next season and persisted with the Dea unless he retired after the 2016-17 season.

Migliaccio scored six dreams within the Nerazzurri shirt and was finally despatched of for the second time within the 2015-16 season, with a reveal red in a 3-0 accumulate against his worn membership Palermo.

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