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Tonelli denies making death threats

SoccerNews in Serie A 28 Apr 2015

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Lorenzo Tonelli pleaded his innocence via social media on Monday, insisting he did not make death threats towards German Denis and the player’s family over the weekend.

Denis was handed a five-match ban for attacking an opponent by a Serie A tribunal, after Atalanta’s top goalscorer was found guilty of punching Empoli defender Tonelli in the face following Sunday’s 2-2 draw.

Tonelli, who received a one-game suspension for his role in the fracas, was set upon post-game, having allegedly told Denis: “I’ll kill you and your family”, but the 25-year-old used Facebook to clear his name.

“I want to say that I haven’t threatened anyone, much less a player or father of a child,” a post from Tonelli – who hails from a family of doctors – read.

“I come from a family who taught me manners and respect, my family save lives, not kill people!

“I didn’t want to say anything until now because I’m not guilty, I don’t have to justify myself the way others have done.

“I took a punch from a coward who ran away and did not have the courage to face me, and yet I was also banned… some justice!

“Now I say ‘enough’. Enough unjust accusations, and enough injustice in general. No to violence! In a press conference I’ll tell you word-for-word what happened.”

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