SO MUCH for a relaxing post-season trip to Italy.
Stephen Coniglio has told of the drama that both he and teammate Toby Greene found themselves in last October, when a dream visit to the San Siro to watch his beloved Juventus somewhat comically nearly turned into a nightmare.
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And it all came because of the Greater Western Sydney captain's diehard fandom for the Italian giants.
On holiday in Milan after their side's Grand Final loss to Richmond, Coniglio and Greene were fortunate enough to attend Juventus' 2-1 victory over home side and fierce Italian rival Inter Milan.
However, with Coniglio on cloud nine after watching his idol Paulo Dybala score – as well as a late winner from Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain – that's when trouble nearly broke out.
"Long story short … when people say don't wear opposition colours to a game in Italy, make sure you don't," Coniglio told the Greats with Garby podcast.
"As we were walking into the game, I had one (scarf) ripped off my neck and thrown into the crowd.
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"(Higuain) scored the late winner and we quickly ran out … (but) no taxis would take us because Toby still had his scarf on. Before anyone saw us, we slipped a cab driver 20 extra euros to take us back to the town before anything happened.
"Next minute we're in the cab and maybe, maybe, maybe at some point the scarf went out the window. But the traffic coming out of the game … you're at a standstill.
"The poor cab driver had his mirrors taken off and I had spit all over me, because the cab driver was an Inter supporter and wouldn't put the window up in time. We almost had two broken windows to go with it as well. It was a scary, but funny moment."
And, according to Coniglio, for once Greene wasn't at the centre of the tension.
"He would say I was the bad influence that day," Coniglio laughed.