Francesco Totti’s wife, Ilary Blasi, has criticized Roma head coach Luciano Spalletti for his treatment of the legendary attacker.
Totti, 39, had a dustup with Spalletti last season after being dropped from the team. Their relationship has been mended since then, and Totti scored his 250th Serie A goal in Sunday’s 3-1 loss to Torino.
“I do not know anything about football, but the whole situation was surreal. It was like science fiction, I could not believe it. He was kicked out of his own house. You do not do something like this. But the fans did not abandon him,” Blasi said. “Footballing decisions are always debatable, but I will not talk about that. I do have something to say on a human level, though, about the person. I am not criticizing sporting decisions, I am criticizing human behavior. Spalletti acted like a small man. That’s the truth. Period.
“Francesco only asked for respect in the interview that caused all this and he was right. He was not being respected at the time. Francesco is not a controversial person. There is a way to behave when a guy is going through a difficult period. Spalletti could have treated him a bit more delicate. He did not know how to behave on a human level. I judge people on this, so he gets a very low rating there.”
Blasi also said that she would gladly follow her husband if Totti decides to play abroad after his time at Roma is over.
“Francesco is edging closer to the end of an era. We are approaching the end of the line. Not just because the end of his career is near, if he does not retire this season it will be next term, but also because it is the start of a new life,” Blasi said. “Will he retire in 2018? That is up to Francesco. He is an intelligent guy.
“If he decides to move abroad, I will follow him. It does not matter whether that means moving to the USA or to Arabia, because it will only be for a short period of time.”