Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Nedved slams Totti comments

08 October 2014, 08:50

Abuja - Juventus director Pavel Nedved believes Francesco Totti 'does not know what it's like to play at a great club' following their 3-2 win over Roma.

The Bianconeri inflicted a first loss of the season on rivals Roma on Sunday and maintained the only perfect record in the league, opening up a three-point gap on the Giallorossi.

The hosts were awarded two contentious penalties on the day and there were later suggestions that Arturo Vidal was in an offside position and standing in the view of goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski for Leonardo Bonucci's winner, claims that were later confirmed by video replays.

Roma captain Totti was left visibly upset after the final whistle and made some damning comments about the match officials in his post-match interview, going as far as to say that his side would definitely finish second due to the favouritism shown towards Juve.

However, Nedved has responded to his long-time friend's comments by saying that the Old Lady, if anything, are more often than not the victim of poor officiating and suggested that Totti be stripped of the captaincy for conceding the Serie A title just six games into the season.

"Although Francesco is a friend, a truly great champion, and the end of the game I hailed him, I was angry with him when I heard what he said in front of the cameras," he told Italia 1.

"Totti has never got to play in a team as big as Juventus and, for this reason, he does not understand what it means to work for such an important club.

"If you play or work for Juventus, everyone is against you. We only have our fans behind us, while we find public opinion against us.

"And I'd even go as far as to say that this also affects the attitude of the referees, who are almost afraid to give anything in our favour.

"Roma have built a wonderful team and Totti, again, I congratulate him - but for what he does on the field - not for what he says off it.

"If you were in my team and you said after just the sixth round 'We'll finish second' and you are the captain, I don't know if you'd get to keep that armband.

"They're speaking of a distorted league, but we also need to look at the impression we have given of our league abroad: Sunday was a beautiful game, a real battle in which everything happened.

"Italian football is growing in Europe, as evidenced by what we are doing in the cups - this is what is important, not the controversy."


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...