Roma coach Luciano Spalletti has denied reports claiming he fought with the club’s veteran forward Francesco Totti following Saturday’s 3-3 Serie A draw at Atalanta.
Lucas Digne and Radja Nainggolan put Roma in control, but Marco D’Alessandro and Marco Borriello hit back for the hosts before half-time.
Borriello scored again shortly after the interval, but Totti came off the bench to rescue a point for Roma, with rumours emerging that Spalletti and the club icon clashed in the tunnel after the match.
“What I read has surprised me a great deal, seeing as I was sent off for dissent and therefore did not go into the tunnel with my players,” Spalletti said in a statement released by Roma.
“I waited for the players in the dressing room and obviously had some things to say, seeing as I was not happy with the way the game went.
“I categorically deny that there was an argument, or even worse a physical confrontation, with any of my players. I do not lay my hands on my players.”
Roma’s draw at Atalanta leaves Spalletti’s side four points clear of Inter in third place, holding the final Serie A qualification spot for next season’s Champions League.