Cagliari defender Fabio Pisacane has opted not to respond to insults received on social media following a controversial incident at the end of his side’s 1-1 draw with AS Roma.
The Giallorossi looked to have scored a winning goal in the dying seconds of the match, only for the referee to disallow the Nikola Kalinic strike due to a push on Pisacane in the penalty area.
Pisacane was treated by club doctors and left the pitch on a stretcher and wearing a neck brace, but angry scenes followed as Roma boss Paulo Fonseca and a member of his staff were both shown red cards for screaming at the referee.
Thankfully, the injury sustained by Pisacane was not as serious as first feared, after tests confirmed he had suffered some bruising to the cervical spine. Yet the controversial nature of the incident sparked a barrage of abuse towards the player on social media.
“I don’t comment on insults like this,” the defender revealed to La Gazzetta dello Sport. “I prefer to talk about football, or other subjects that I am passionate about. I choose not to feed controversy, it’s a question of ethics.
“Therefore, I’ll say that we played really well, in a fantastic stadium, versus a really strong opponent. Let’s go forward like this.”