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The Argentine attacker has defended himself in the wake of his red card on Tuesday, but the Giallorossi are not amused with their forward's actions in the defeat

Roma attacker Erik Lamela has defended himself in the wake of his red card in Tuesday's 3-0 Coppa Italia quarter-final loss away against Juventus.

The Argentine youngster received his marching orders in the 68th minute after kicking out at Giorgio Chiellini without the ball around, and Lamela has stressed that his action was a response to the Italy international's provocations.

"Chiellini provoked me," Lamela revealed to Il Corriere dello Sport.

Nevertheless, Roma director Franco Baldini was not amused with the attacker's behaviour, and has made it clear they will speak with Lamela about his dismissal.

"I didn't see what happened, but we will definitely talk with Erik about this. We can't have these kind of actions. This is not the behaviour we at Trigoria stand for," Baldini said.

The 19-year-old joined Roma from River Plate in the summer transfer window and has since become an important first team member.

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