Luiz Felipe explains why he jumped on Correa

by | Oct 17, 2021 11:09

Lazio defender Luiz Felipe apologises to ‘anyone who felt insulted’ after his jump on Joaquin Correa’s shoulders but insists it was ‘an innocent act.’

The Lazio defender was sent off after the final whistle as he jumped on his ex-teammate’s shoulders from behind to celebrate the win against Inter.

Correa reacted angrily and the referee showed Luiz Felipe a red card with the defender who left the pitch in tears.

The 24-year-old explained his position with an Instagram post that, among others, was liked by Correa.

“I would like to comment on the negative effects of what happened today at the end of the game,” wrote Luiz Felipe.

“First of all, I want to make it clear that I have great respect for Inter and any other club. We are all professionals, working to pursue our goals and we would never disrespect another professional.

“At the end of the game, I ended up jumping on Tucu’s shoulders because he’s one of the great friends that football gave me. Our families are friends and we’ve always been very close,” he explained.

“There, what I wanted most was to hug him and joke about the result, as much as our friendship allows, but I got too excited. Maybe, on second thought, it wasn’t the best time or the right place.

“I apologise to anyone who has felt insulted and make it clear that I have not tried, in any way, to be disrespectful towards him or towards Inter players.

“It was an innocent act, by a person who has great affection for Tucu !! I love you brother.”

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