Cristian Romero insists he made the wrong decision to taunt Harry Maguire during Tottenham’s defeat to Manchester United and has ‘nothing but respect’ for the England defender.
Romero has impressed since arriving at Spurs last summer, but was criticised for his actions in an incident partway through his side’s match at Old Trafford last month (Daily Mail).
The 23-year-old was seen screaming in the face of Maguire after he scored an own goal to level the scores during the second half.
However, United did not let that lapse affect them as they went on to win the match 3-2 courtesy of a hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo.
And reflecting on his role in the incident, Romero admits his reaction at the time was the wrong thing to do, though he did not issue a full apology to Maguire either.
He told The Athletic: “I think sometimes things happen in football and maybe if you capture a moment with a single photo it can seem like something that wasn’t really happening.
“I’ve got nothing but respect for Harry Maguire. He’s a top player who is having a great career.
“And generally I always respect my opponents so I think people who don’t know about the game get hold of a story and run with it and talk about something that’s not really there.
“Maybe on that occasion I didn’t quite do the right thing but I had no bad intentions.”
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Maybe Romero should have left the situation as it was and gone straight back to his half for kick-off. It did come back to bite Spurs in the end which was unfortunate, but it was a pretty frustrating game all-around and Romero’s outburst was not really to blame.
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