Viktoria Varga, Graziano Pelle’s better half, was caught cursing the Southampton striker following his abject penalty miss for Italy against Germany at Euro 2016.
The 30-year-old had the opportunity to hand the Azzurri the initiative in the shootout but failed to even find the target with his spot kick attempt.
Worse still, Pelle appeared to goad Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer in the build up to his penalty, with television footage appearing to show the Italian telling the Bayern Munich goalkeeper that he intended to put his kick down them middle.
The Southampton striker ultimately failed to live up to his words though, with the resulting kick skewed horribly wide.
Pelle’s moment of embarrassment did not go unchecked by Varga either, with cameras trained on the blonde beauty picking up her reaction to the miss.
CIOÈ RENDETEVI CONTO PERSINO LA FIDANZATA DICE “LO SAPEVO CHE É COGLIONE” PELLE DI STAMINCHIA pic.twitter.com/syuUqw2Fad
— Davide (@DavideMoretti) July 2, 2016
“I knew it, he’s an asshole,” she is reported to have said in the immediate aftermath.
And while Pelle is likely to be pretty dejected following both his miss and his partner’s less-than-pleasant reaction, he only has himself to blame.
With Germany surprisingly nervous from the spot, Italy had a fantastic opportunity to progress but instead were guilty of some criminal misses from the spot.
Pelle’s girlfriend may think he is an asshole but, if her Instagram output is anything to go by, it probably won’t take too long for Pelle to forgive and forget.
If only the entire Italian nation were as easy.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.