AS Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi insists he plays 'fairly'.

De Rossi is unhappy with the way he was described by FIFA's website as being 'tough'.

"Well, I don't exactly agree," De Rossi responded.

"I guess it depends what you mean by 'tough'. On the pitch, my position and my role require a physical side, constant contact with my opponent.

"If that's what you mean by tough, it's correct. But ... if you look at my club career, for example, I have only ever received one red card - and that was eight years ago.

"I play fair, even though sometimes the tackles are tough."

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