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Totti's gesture was a sign of respect, says Seydou Keita

The Malian midfielder praises Totti's gesture toward him during Roma's Serie A game against Genoa

Mohamad Mosselhi , Monday 15 Dec 2014
 Seydou Keita
Genoa's Facundo Roncaglia, left, vies for the ball with Roma's Seydou Keita during a Serie A soccer match between Genoa and Roma, at Genoa's Luigi Ferraris Stadium, Italy, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 (Photo: AP)
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Roma's Malian midfielder Seydou Keita said on Monday that Francesco Totti's gesture of refusing the Roma captain's armband during his side's 1-0 win over Genoa was a sign of 'reciprocal respect'

Substitute Totti was seen telling the Malian midfielder to keep hold of the armband rather than hand it to the Roma icon.

"My gesture towards Totti was normal and his insistence on not taking the armband was a sign of reciprocal respect," Keita said via Twitter.

"In Italy people have enjoyed the two gestures instead of making controversy and seeing problems where there are none. Easy."

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