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Atalanta signing apologises for tank prank

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New Atalanta signing Giulio Migliaccio has been forced to apologise for an astonishing prank involving a tank.

The midfielder moved from Palermo to his new club earlier in the month, having spent last season on loan at Fiorentina.

And, in an effort to endear himself to the fans, Migliaccio jumped onto the vehicle being driven by supporters at a pre-season street festival.

However, things seemed to go a little too far, as the army tank ploughed over cars decorated in the colours of Atalanta's rivals - Roma and Brescia.

Unsurprisingly, the incident is now under investigation by the Italian FA, and the 32-year-old has quickly apologised for his part in the antics.

"I was inadvertently the protagonist. In a party atmosphere, in among a huge crowd of fans, including lots of women and children, I was invited on board a tank which has been going around for years at the Festa della Dea, parading players and staff to salute the people," he said, according to The Daily Mail.

"I certainly could not have imagined that, at a certain stage, we would have crushed two cars taken from the scrap yard. I only realised when we were already going over them and, since I could not see since I was high up and at the back, I did not know that they had the symbols of two football clubs on them.

"I’m very sorry about the incident. You just have to think that, in my not-so-brief career as a footballer, I have always been instilled with the values of the sport and with maximum correctness on the field, so much so that I’ve only received one red card, for two yellows, in almost 500 games as a professional footballer."

Best of all, the incident was filmed, and you can watch it below! It gets particularly interesting around the 50 second mark, so check it out and let us know your thoughts...

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