Thomas Vermaelen criticised by Roma boss Spalletti for red card on debut

Roma earned a valuable 1-1 draw in Portugal after the sending off of Thomas Vermaelen and will decide the tie with Porto back at the Olympis Stadium.

Thomas Vermaelen did not make it to half-time of his Roma debut.
Roma coach Luciano Spalletti criticised new signing Thomas Vermaelen for getting sent off on his debut for the club in the 1-1 draw at Porto in the first leg of their Champions League playoff on Wednesday.
Vermaelen, 30, joined the Giallorossi from Barcelona last week but only lasted 41 minutes of his first match for his new side after receiving two yellow cards at the Estadio do Dragao.
Roma head into the second leg next week with a slight advantage due to their away goal, but Spalletti felt they…

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