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Watch why Valentino Rossi could face legal action in Valencia

other sports Updated: Nov 14, 2016 22:49 IST
Gaurav Bhatt
Gaurav Bhatt
Hindustan Times
Valentino Rossi

Yamaha Team's Italian rider Valentino Rossi later apologised to the fan, saying the push in the paddock of Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Cheste, Valencia, was unintentional. (AFP)

A fan has threatened to press charges against MotoGP rider Valentino Rossi after she was pushed by the Italian in the paddock of the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Cheste, Valencia, while she was taking a selfie.

According to, Ana Cabanillas, a fan from Puerto de Santa Maria, got pushed after getting in the way of Valentino Rossi while taking a picture using a selfie stick.

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“If it had not been intentional I would have accepted the apology, but after watching the video I’m going to press charges because it was not only a kick, but he also hit me with his elbow and he did it on purpose. And you can’t tolerate that,” Cabanillas told COPE radio. “I have a small bruise on my leg. I’ll consider pressing charges.”

While he apologised for the incident, the nine-time world champion said it was getting increasingly difficult to move around in the paddock area.

“I apologise to the lady, but as I’ve said before, it’s getting impossible to live in the paddock. And especially at tracks like Cheste (Valencia),” said the 37-year-old. “Here there are so many people around me, and a lot of them chase me to take photos while others try to steal my hat. In those circumstances they have to understand that things like this happen.”

Rossi finished fourth in Valencia, the final race of the season and came second in the championship standings behind Spain’s Marc Marquez.