Michel: Medel is harassed

Sevilla Coach Michel has defended Gary Medel after the Chilean midfielder was arrested for an alleged assault on a journalist.

Medel's return from international duty has been delayed due to the incident at Santiago airport, where he reportedly slapped a female journalist, but Michel thinks the player has been treated unfairly, and is still hopeful he can feature against Real Mallorca on Monday.

“I was always support him, he is haunted by the press,” the former Getafe chief stated at a press conference.

“These people prey on the skin of the beleaguered. There Medel is a character and they bother you. Often things are taken out of context; he allegedly assaulted the journalist, but there is no injury.

“Medel feels harassed, he's single, he's handsome. He will play on Monday if logic prevails.”

The match brings Michel into contact with his predecessor at Sevilla Joaquin Caparros.

“Caparros is unique in the contemporary history of Sevilla, he has left his mark. Mallorca have a very clear identity, their players are strong.”

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