Fan shoved by Rossi re­jects his apol­ogy, may press charges

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The fan shoved out of the way by Valentino Rossi says she may press charges against the nine­time world cham­pion de­spite his apol­ogy after Mo­toGP’s sea­so­nend­ing Va­len­cia Grand Prix.

Rossi made head­lines be­fore Sun­day’s race when a video re­leased via so­cial me­dia showed him bump­ing into a woman and us­ing his left foot to move her out of his way as he rode a non­rac­ing mo­tor­cy­cle in the pad­dock.

He first joked about the in­ci­dent, say­ing he was “afraid of be­ing ar­rested” be­cause of what hap­pened, then said he had to “apol­o­gise” and hoped that the fan was do­ing well. Rossi blamed the pad­dock con­fu­sion for try­ing to move through the crowd as quick as pos­si­ble to get to his team’s box.

The woman, who was try­ing to take a selfie when she was hit from be­hind by Rossi, told Span­ish me­dia that she would not ac­cept the vet­eran rider’s apol­ogy and con­sid­ered tak­ing ac­tion against him.

“I would have ac­cepted his apol­ogy if it had been an ac­ci­dent, but see­ing the video, you can tell that it was done on pur­pose,” said the fan, iden­ti­fied by COPE ra­dio as Ana Ca­ban­il­las Vazquez. “I have a small bruise on my leg. I’ll con­sider press­ing charges.”

Vazquez told the ra­dio sta­tion that she is a fan of Marc Mar­quez, a Spa­niard and Rossi’s long­time ri­val. Rossi shoved Mar­quez out of the way in a sim­i­lar way dur­ing a race last sea­son, even­tu­ally be­ing pun­ished by rac­ing of­fi­cials and los­ing the ti­tle.

The Ital­ian fin­ished fourth in Sun­day’s Va­len­cia GP, enough to se­cure him sec­ond place be­hind Mar­quez in this year’s ti­tle race. Jorge Lorenzo won the event on Sun­day, with Mar­quez fin­ish­ing sec­ond.

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