â€śI said goodbye and he said goodbye. We exchanged telephone numbers and just like that we became friends.
â€śSeriously that chapter is closed. I don't want to go into detail, but you must know three things,â€ť Melo told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
â€śI 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.
â€śIf something of this nature were to happen again I would do the same thing. But I know that it will never happen again,â€ť he explained.
When asked why he had not yet apologised to Lopez, Melo replied: â€śI won't do it, because I don't believe I was wrong.
â€śI 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.
â€śIf I receive a slap here, I cannot go back to my three children with marks on my face like I were a cowardâ€¦"