Sunday 26 May 2019

Miccoli's tears for Lecce

Palermo captain Fabrizio Miccoli has spent the week explaining why he burst into tears after scoring in last week's Serie A clash with Lecce.

Miccoli refused to celebrate after curling in a free-kick to equalise on the stroke of half-time against the love of his life, his home-town club. The tempermental Italian left the field visible upset and wasn't in a fit state to return for the second half.

"It is true, I started crying and I couldn't stop," he admitted. "I cried on the pitch after the goal, I cried in the dressing-room.

"Lecce is my team and I hurt them, it is like hurting an old friend.

"It's my fault this situation happens every time as I feel so close to my home land and it's something personal I wish I could keep to myself."

Despite wearing the Palermo captain's armband "with pride" Miccoli appears to be bit confused about his allegiance. His armband has the colours of the Lecce Ultras and before last weekend's game there was speculation on Sky Italia that he didn't want to be involved in the game.

Not that all this drama disrupted his team-mates who, without Miccoli, scored three goals in five second-half minutes to win 4-2.

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