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Macheda: I didn't insult Rooney
Published : 08 Oct 2010 09:30:16
Federico Macheda has moved to clarify comments he made about Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney.Macheda used the term `coatto' to describe the England striker in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport while on Italy Under-21 duty this week.`Coatto' has been interpreted in various ways with some of the British newspapers using `chav' as the English equivalent while `vulgar and violent' have also appeared.However, Macheda said on Friday there was no criticism intended of the former Everton man.He told Gazzetta: "I said `coatto' in the Roman way, but with the minimum intention to offend Rooney. I like him and I have maximum respect for him."What I wanted to say is that for me he is a free spirit and genuine. I sent a message to Rio Ferdinand to clarify everything with Wayne and Rio told me not to worry, everything is fine."