Seydou Keita opens up about Totti-armband gesture

Seydou Keita spoke to about the controversy surrounding Totti’s gesture after the Mali internatinal offered to give the Roma captain the armband but Er Pupone waived away the former Barca man:


Seydou, can you explain the scene that occurred between Totti and you?
In fact, when Totti came on in place of Adem Ljajic, I wore the armband but as he is the captain of the first team, I handed him the armband because that is how it is done and I’ve seen that others do that too. He made a gesture saying “keep it! “, but I also insisted for him to take the armband.

From the pictures it looks like Totti was angry…
Absolutely not, there was no reason. He, De Rossi, and I are captains. I’ve been in Rome for five months, I wanted to show respect for Totti and the fact that he told me to keep it is another sign of respect .

Have you spoken with Totti?
After the match he asked me why I wanted to give him the armband and I told him that he was the captain, but Francesco told me that this was not a problem if I had it at the end (of the match). I can reassure everyone: there was no lack of respect between us.


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