08 October 2010

Cocky Macheda's embarassing comment about Rooney is a blunder by Guardian!

Once friends, now enemies?
Perhaps Guardian should consult Italian translating experts rather than just going on to google and searching for an English translation of the phrase "coatto like me" on free translation services available online.

The term according to Guardian means working class and vulgar, with the closest colloquial translation being 'chav'. (Now that's what Guardian thinks)
Rooney is no stranger to criticism in light of his off-the-pitch behaviour, but he might have expected more solidarity from a player taken under the England striker's wing at Old Trafford.

'Rooney is a really great person, he always gives me advice. But, as we say in Rome, he's a bit of a coatto.'
The 19-year-old is with the Italy Under 21 side ahead of a double header against Romania and he has caught the eye after an impressive start to the season.

Sir Alex Ferguson has involved the striker five times already this season and clubs in Italy are keen to take him back home.

Lazio have already been linked with a move and today Juventus have been tipped to make a bid that could even see Italy keeper Gigi Buffon offered in exchange.

Speaking after hearing of Lazio's interest, he said: 'I want to improve in Manchester, when I'm more mature I'll be able to make choices. The rumours about Lazio please me but I don't think I will go.'

Macheda himself has been in the picture for all the wrong reasons in the past. He's an active smoker, is a rave clubbing person and even USED to have an active facebook profile. It was a matter of a few days before Sir Alex Ferguson sorted the lad out and asked him to be a normal Manchester Untied player. Now he's back in the limelight for an embarassing comment about an already troubled United fellow striker - Wayne Rooney.
Generally speaking, Macheda is very cocky and nearly broke into a fight with team-mate Anderson last year Macheda better explain everything properly once he's back to Manchester after the international duty is over.

UPDATE: Federico Macheda provides explanation about his "Chav comment"
Macheda texted Rio Ferdinand with the details.

"I said 'coatto' in a Roman way, but with no intention of offending Rooney," said Macheda yesterday after learning that his words had been making for uncomfortable headlines in England. "I respect him hugely. I wanted to say that for me he is a rough and ready character, truthful."

As Gazzetta dello Sport reflects this morning: "Romans know well that within that word 'coatto', there is a state of mind specific to that city that 100 other Italian words could never define". The Roma striker Francesco Totti has proudly referred to himself as a "coatto" in the past, and some reports of Macheda's interview suggest he actually that Rooney was a "coatto like me".

Nevertheless, Macheda was sufficiently concerned that he immediately texted Rio Ferdinand in the hope that, as a senior member of the United dressing room, the defender would be able to help smooth things over. "Rio told me not to worry, that everything was fine," he added.

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