“I said goodbye and he said goodbye. We exchanged telephone numbers and just like that we became friends.
“Seriously that chapter is closed. I don't want to go into detail, but you must know three things,” Melo told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“I didn't start anything, I didn't provoke him, I didn't do anything and he knows it. In three years in Spain I was sent off only once.
“If something of this nature were to happen again I would do the same thing. But I know that it will never happen again,” he explained.
When asked why he had not yet apologised to Lopez, Melo replied: “I won't do it, because I don't believe I was wrong.
“I know perfectly well that the bible says turn the other cheek, but we are made of flesh and blood and it's not always possible to pretend nothing happened.
“If I receive a slap here, I cannot go back to my three children with marks on my face like I were a coward…"