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Ascot jockey banned for leaving rival in ‘pool of blood’ admits he ‘couldn’t control anger’ in 191-word apology

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A JOCKEY who left a rival in a ‘pool of blood’ after a weighing room bust-up stated he ‘could not control’ his anger.

Famed Italian rider Fabio Branca, who has raced at Ascot, was banned for 40 days and fined the utmost £2700 for punching rival Claudio Colombi.

Branca, left, stated he ‘could not control’ his anger in the weighing room bust-up that left a rival in a ‘pool of blood’Credit: Getty
The bust-up happened after this mid-race incident
The bust-up occurred after this mid-race incident

He was reported to have suffered ‘deep cuts’ and underwent checks for potential facial fractures.

Police had been referred to as to Campannelle racecourse in Rome, the place Branca was, in accordance with equos.it, led away by cops as Colombi was taken to San Giovanni hospital.

It is believed the combat was sparked by an incident in the course of the second race on final Friday’s card.

Branca, who initially denied hitting his fellow jockey, has now launched an announcement apologising for the incident.

He stated: “In reference to the occasions that came about on September 10 in the jockeys’ room of the Capannelle racecourse, I really feel compelled to apologise to all horse racing classes (house owners, coaches, and many others) and to all these in the Italian gallop (bettors, fanatics and many others) for what occurred.

“My behaviour in the circumstance was actually reprehensible.

“Those who actually know me know that it’s removed from my character to react with violent acts in the face of hostile circumstances.

“But in this circumstance, unfortunately, I have not been able to control my anger.


“I don’t wish to deny my duties and provides justifications for an act that I ought to by no means have accomplished and which is completely not half of my odd behaviour.

“I imagine it’s acceptable to supply my apologies to all of you as a result of these information, in addition to damaging me personally, threat proposing a flawed picture of our complete exercise, thus not directly penalising every of you and the game itself.

“I am not asking to be justified for my behaviour, but as a person I had a moment of anger which I handled in the wrong way.”

The official stewards’ report on the scrap learn: “Branca confirmed that he had hit his colleague Colombi in the face in the jockeys’ room, fully recognising his responsibility for what happened.”

Colombi reported too that he had been ‘punched in the face by his colleague’ leaving him ‘mendacity on the bottom in a pool of blood’.


Other jockeys on the assembly missed the incident however returned to the weighing room to search out Colombi had misplaced a ‘copious quantity of blood’.

This is way from the primary time jockeys have come to blows.

One of probably the most well-known was the unbelievable Breeders’ Cup brawl the place one rider threatened to ‘kill’ one other in 2010.

Top jockey in America Irad Ortiz Jr was fined £700 after being filmed punching rival Paco Lopez in the face 3 times earlier this yr.

While one other surprising video confirmed police speeding in to interrupt up two jockeys combating in this altering room brawl.

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