'The coach tried to attack me!'

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Sevilla star Alejandro "Papu" Gomez has revealed some shocking details as to why he left Italian club Atalanta, claiming that manager Gian Piero Gasperini tried to "physically attack" him at one point.

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With Gomez having joined Sevilla in January this year after leaving the Bergamo side in acrimonious fashion, the Argentine has now explained how his fallout with Gasperini, which seemingly almost became violent, was the reason for his departure. 

"I disobeyed him in a tactical indication," Gomez told Argentine newspaper La Nacion. 

"There were 10 minutes left until the first half was over and he asked me to play on the right, while I was playing very well on the left. And I said no. 

"Having done that in the middle of the game, with the cameras, it was perfectly [fine] that he got angry. I already knew that at half-time he was going to take me out, and so [he did]. 

"But in the half-time locker-room, he exceeded the limits and tried to physically attack me. 

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"When there is physical aggression, it is already intolerable. So I asked for a meeting with the president of the club, Antonio Percassi, and I told him that I had no problem continuing, accepting that I had been wrong: as a captain, I had not behaved well, I had been a bad example disobeying the coach. 

"But I told the president that I needed an apology from Gasperini. That apology never arrived, however, which essentially ended the relationship between Gomez and the organisation. 

"The next day there was a meeting of the entire team. I apologised to the coach and my teammates for what had happened. And I did not receive any apology from the coach.

"After a few days, I communicated to the president that I did not want to be at Atalanta working with Gasperini. The president told me that he was not going to let me out, that he was not going to release me.

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"The tug of war began and the costs were, for me, that they separated me from the squad and I ended up training only with the reserves.

"It was ugly because after seven years they left me lying there, after everything I gave the club. They behaved badly. The president did not have the balls to ask the coach to simply apologise to me.  

"That was the end of everything." 

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