Lazio midfielder Lucas Leiva has denied making distasteful comments to a disabled AC Milan press officer after Saturday’s game.

Reports earlier on Tuesday from Il Messaggero claimed that the former Liverpool man was involved in a verbal confrontation with Ugo Allevi – the Rossoneri’s press officer.

Leiva reportedly told Allevi to “just sit there and shut up”, which understandably was met with an expletive response.

The Brazilian however has released a statement through Instagram, denying that the incident took place.

“I would like to make it clear that the accusations made recently about me and the post-match in Milan are totally false and unfounded.

“It is my concern to highlight in a way peremptory this regrettable and totally false fact towards me, since in ten years of career I have never allowed myself to lack respect for anyone.

“This is absolutely not part of my professional behavior and also offends not only third parties but also me on a level human.”

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Mi preme chiarire in modo chiaro che le accuse rivolte recentemente alla mia persona su eventuali fatti nel post partita di Milano, sono totalmente false ed infondate. È mia premura evidenziare in modo perentorio tale fatto increscioso e totalmente falso nei miei confronti, in quanto in dieci anni di carriera non mi sono mai permesso di mancare di rispetto a nessuno. Ciò non fa assolutamente parte del mio comportamento professionale e altresì offende non solo terzi ma anche me a livello umano. Sicuramente in una partita di calcio, preso dalla tensione agonistica, posso aver detto molte cose, ma c’è sempre un limite che giammai mi son permesso di superare, in quanto la mia educazione fondata su rispetto e buon senso non mi farebbe mai tollerare tale condotta.

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