Luiz Felipe has apologised for jumping on the back of Inter Milan ace and former teammate Joaquin Correa at the end of Lazio’s 3-1 victory over the Serie A champions.
Correa, who is spending the season on loan at Inter, reacted angrily to Felipe’s actions shortly after the final whistle.
Brazilian defender Felipe was subsequently sent off in stoppage time after players from both teams became embroiled in a melee.
Felipe walked off the Stadio Olimpico pitch in tears after he was dealt his marching orders.
And, in a long-winded Instagram post, the 24-year-old has now apologised to his former teammate for his actions – which were branded ‘elite s**thousery’ by fans.
“I would like to comment on the negative effects regarding what happened today, at the end of the game,’” Felipe, who is also childhood friends with Correa, wrote.
“First of all, I want to clarify that I have great respect for Inter… We are all professionals, working to pursue our goals, and would never fail to respect another professional.
“At the end of the game I jumped on Tucu’s shoulders because he is one of the great friends that football has given me. Our families are friends and we have always been very close… I wanted to hug him and joke about the result, as far as our friendship allows, but I got excited.
“Perhaps, in retrospect, it was not the best time or the most suitable place. I apologise to anyone who felt offended and I did not try, in any way, to be disrespectful towards him, towards other athletes or towards Internazionale and its passionate fans.
“It was an innocent act, by a person who has a great affection for Tucu!!”
Ciro Immobile, Felipe Anderson and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic all netted for Lazio after Ivan Perisic’s early penalty to seal the victory for the Rome-based outfit.
With the win they moved to fifth in the Serie A standings, just three points behind Inter in third.
Napoli, meanwhile, are top with a perfect record of eight wins from eight and two points ahead of AC Milan.
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