罗马－－－Monday, 22 December 2003 22:22:30
ROME - (ANSA) "I made a mistake after the red card, but Corradi knows he was wrong before. He was just more cunning than me," said Matias Almeyda the day after Lazio v Inter, during which he was sent off a minute after being booked for a foul on the Biancocelesti striker.
"Corradi is a good person," explained Almeyda to Roman radio 'Radio Radio'. "But I got angry because I committed a tactical foul on him, a normal episode which often happens, and he told me I had to say sorry to him and he continued the sentence... I lost it and he was more cunning than me."
But the Argentina midfielder is regretful. "As a player I can't let violence be seen on the pitch and I say sorry to everyone for this," continued Almeyda . "But this isn't the way I do things; it's the third card I've been shown since I came to Italy. But yesterday I lost my cool and what happened shouldn't have happened. I was out of mind.
"Sure, when you say something to the referee you risk something more, but in any case I'm expecting a one-match ban.
"I don't remember anything about the stolen red card; I was out of my mind in that moment. I took it from him because I didn't want to be sent off...
"Am I disappointed with the fans? Yes, because they don't remember anything about football. When I played for Lazio I gave my best, but they obviously don't remember.
The Nerazzurri midfielder was also criticised for throwing a bottle which was thrown at him from the stands. He responded: "I was one against seventy thousand and I can't accept this. And then they throw something to hurt me and I throw it back. Sure, it's not a nice gesture on my part... But Lazio are always in my heart: an episode like this won't make me forget what I lived through in Rome."
Almeyda doesn't believe his sending-off affected the outcome of the match: "We didn't play a good game, Lazio played better. Zaccheroni talked about the football and not about episodes. These things often happen, I don't agree with what I did after."
But the Argentine certainly won't take the sending-off into account if he decides to quit football at the end of the season. "I'm thinking about it because my contract with Inter expires and I have to see how I will continue my career. But there are other reasons for my opinions. I'm still in good physical shape, I turned thirty yesterday, even though it wasn't a nice day."
Talking in general about the Nerazzurri's progress, Almeyda said: "Our game has come together since Zaccheroni arrived. The results have come and we have a footballing identity."