GONZALO HIGUAIN has slated Philadelphia Union’s players for cheering his glaring penalty miss for Inter Miami on Sunday night.
The Argentina ace blazed his shot high over the crossbar during his MLS debut for his new club.
Higuain’s off-target strike sparked a mini melee that saw the former Juventus forward pushing and shoving Union players who gleefully celebrated his miss.
And the former Serie A star, 32, felt his opponents showed a lack of respect during the match which Miami eventually lost.
Talking to journalists on Thursday on Higuain said: “I believe in fair play. I’m an emotional person, and couldn’t accept or tolerate it.
“Five players were on me, that is provocation. I felt it was a lack of respect and I reacted.
“I’m not proud of how I reacted. I’m an emotional person, but I couldn’t tolerate that. I’ve moved on.”
David Beckham’s Miami side are currently thirteenth in the MLS’s Eastern conference having won two of their last seven games.
Defeats include the 3-0 loss they suffered away to Philadelphia Union who are now two points of the top of the division.
And Curtin hinted that some of the MLS’s biggest names receive favourable treatment in matches
Curtin said: “Look, it’s an emotional game.
“I think our guys felt some close calls went against us, so the feeling there might be that the star players get preferential treatment.
“It does need to be said, though, that we need to respect Higuain and what he’s done. I think our players do, he’s a world-class player.
“But at the same time, I love that our players are fearless. They had each other’s backs.”
Higuain made a move to the MLS this summer after spending four seasons with Serie A champs Juve.
And the Argentina forward, who played 75 times for his country alongside Lionel Messi, won three league titles with the Italian giants between 2016 and this year.
Inter Miami are currently level on 11 points from 14 games with bottom-side DC United.
Higuain’s performances will be key to the club’s hopes of reaching the play-offs in their first season in the division.