Giulio Migliaccio was just trying to catch a ride on a tank meandering through a festival of fans. In the end, he got off, threw his hands in the air and gave the soccer world one big "My bad!"
Big Lead Sports' Mike Cardillo reported on the latest fan festival being thrown by Atalanta faithful, which featured a new player riding on the back of an actual tank.
This rather peculiar moment led to a probe being launched by the Italian Football Federation. As you can see in the start of the video, there are two cars painted to represent club rivals Brescia and Roma.
It seems the federation doesn't take too kindly to a war vehicle crushing cars meant to symbolize the competition.
Migliaccio was just trying to get in on the fun and apparently had no clue what lay ahead of the slow-moving tank. He apologized for his actions.
I only realized when the tank was going over them, and since I could not see because I was high up and at the back, I did not know that they had the symbols of two football clubs on them.
He then added, via Fox Sports, "Even as an unaware protagonist, I'm very sorry for the incident."
The midfielder played for Palermo and Fiorentina before joining Atalanta this summer. He probably never imagined that he would be embroiled in a rather odd controversy before he even hit the pitch.
Let this be a lesson to the kids out there. If you want to hitch a ride on a tank, make sure you read all the fine print first.
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