Roma captain Francesco Totti has continued his public slanging match with Inter Milan striker Mario Balotelli. Totti was sent off in disgrace for kicking out at Balotelli during last week's Coppa Italia final.
"From the first moment I stepped on to the pitch, Balotelli provoked me," Totti told Diva e Donna.
"He even said 'Oi granddad! You are finished!'"
Totti responded by chasing down the 19-year-old Inter striker and viciously swinging a kick at the back of his ankle.
"I made a mistake and I know that, but I never used a racist epithet. Never," insisted Totti.
"I feel very alone right now. Thankfully my life-long friends are with me, the children and my wife, Ilary.
"I made a mistake, but I was provoked."