New Atalanta signing Giulio Migliaccio apologises for driving tank over cars painted in colours of rival clubs

Posted by Chris Wright

Having only just signed for the club from Palermo, new Atalanta signing Giulio Migliaccio has already been forced to issue his first official apology via the club's website after becoming 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 (FIGC) have since launched an inquiry into the incident which saw several Atalanta ultras pilot the tank over the cars in the middle of the street with both Migliaccio and Orobici club legend Glenn Peter Stromberg on board.

After realising the implications of the prank, Migliaccio issued the following grovelling apology on Atalanta's official 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."

We can honestly say, without a shred of uncertainty, that this is the first time we've ever heard a player apologising for driving a tank around, crushing cars in the city centre.

Here's hoping it's not the last!


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