Juventus President Giovanni Cobolli Gigli has confirmed that disgruntled player Tiago Mendes locked him in the loo!
In quite the strangest story to emerge from Serie A in many a year, the
tension between the club and Tiago seems to have gone overboard.
â€œThe story of me being locked in the toilet by Tiago is true,â€
confessed Cobolli Gigli live on Sky Italia television.
â€œIt’s a shame it got out, as this was something I told a friend in
confidence. In any case, Alessandro Del Piero responded to the noise of
me punching the door and offered to break it down.
â€œI told him it was better if someone else did it, as he needed to keep
his shoulders in good shape for the Fiorentina game.â€
Tiago has repeatedly refused transfers to Everton and Monaco because he
wants to play in the Champions League, but Juve cannot sign a new
player until they have disposed of the Portuguese flop.
â€œClaudio Ranieri considers Tiago to be part of our squad, but anything
could happen tomorrow in Italian football,â€ continued the patron.
â€œHopefully by midnight Tiago will have found another club.â€
The story had emerged over the last couple of days, but the report only
stated that Del Piero had rescued Cobolli Gigli when he was
accidentally locked in the bathroom at the club’s training ground.
Rumours later suggested the ‘accident’ was in fact a spiteful gesture
from Tiago, who was furious at Juventus pushing him to sign for Everton
It is reported Cobolli Gigli was locked in for an hour before Del Piero
happened to walk past and heard the pleas for help.