Luiz Felipe apologized for hitting the back of Inter Milan ace and former teammate Joaquin Correa at the end of Lazio’s 3-1 win 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 then sent off in stoppage time after players from both teams got involved in a scrimmage.
Felipe left the Stadio Olimpico pitch in tears after receiving his marching orders.
And, in a lengthy Instagram post, the 24-year-old has now apologized to his former teammate for his actions – which have been called ‘elite shit’ by fans.
“I would like to comment on the negative effects of what happened today at the end of the game,” wrote Felipe, who is also childhood friends with Correa.
“First of all, I want to make it clear that I have great respect for Inter… We are all professionals, we work to pursue our goals and will never fail to respect another professional.
“At the end of the game, I jumped on Tucu’s shoulders because he’s one of the great friends football has given me. Our families are friends and we’ve always been very close… I wanted to give him a hug and joke about the outcome, as far as our friendship allows, but I was excited.
“Maybe, in retrospect, it wasn’t the best time or the most appropriate place. I apologize to anyone who felt offended and in no way tried to be disrespectful to him, to other athletes or to Internazionale and his passionate fans.
“It was an innocent act, by a person who has great affection for Tucu !!”
Ciro Immobile, Felipe Anderson and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic all scored for Lazio following Ivan Perisic’s penalty to seal the victory for the Rome-based side.
With the win, they moved up to fifth place in the Serie A table, just three points behind Inter in third.
Napoli, meanwhile, are in the lead with a perfect record of eight wins in eight and two points ahead of AC Milan.
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