Marco Tardelli has not hidden his disappointment with Giorgio Chiellini after his harsh comments about Felipe Melo and Mario Balotelli.
The Juventus captain described Mario Balotelli as a negative person who deserved a slap for his behavior when he was part of Italy’s squad at the 2013 Confederations Cup.
He went on to describe former club teammate Felipe Melo as the worst of the worst, adding that he told the management of the team that the Brazilian midfielder was a rotten apple.
Since then, both players have responded to Chiellini’s criticisms. Mario Balotelli insisted that he had never disrespected the Italy shirt and blasted the defender for not telling him outrightly to his face while Melo branded Chellini unprofessional.
It can be recalled that Tardelli spent 10 seasons with Juventus and two seasons with Inter Milan. In his playing time, he won the World Cup with Italy in 1982. He took to Twitter to react to the Juve captain’s statements by saying:
“I am truly disappointed by the statements by Giorgio Chiellini, captain of the national team, Juventus and a leading man on the AIC [Italian Footballers’ Association] board.
“Harsh words towards team-mates – colleagues who should consider him a point of reference. The hatred declared towards another club creates hatred. Respect for the opponent even in the toughest fight, that is what I learned from captains like Dino Zoff and Gaetano Scirea.”
However, former Italy forwards namely Luca Toni and Antonio Cassano have thrown their weight behind Chiellini for his attacks on Melo and Balotelli. Cassano said he didn’t know what the defender’s grievances were but feels that he must have good reasons.
Meanwhile, Luca Toni reacted to the spat on Instagram in a live chat with Christian Vieri. He said:
“Books are peculiar, when you write one, you also have to find things that make headlines. I think they both were right, but they were wrong to behave like they did.
“Of course, if it’s something he never said to his face then it’s not nice, but certainly Balotelli will have done something.”