Bari, Italy – Sleep doctor Dr. Bari Lefevre has defended her tweet saying she was “not doing anything wrong”.
“I think I’m not doing anything bad,” the 57-year-old told reporters on Tuesday.
“It’s the first time I’ve been questioned about it.
But it’s not my job to defend myself.
I’m a doctor.”
Lefevres tweet on Saturday morning called for respect for the players, the national anthem and the pope, while criticising Italy’s national anthem.
The tweet was taken down a few hours later and later apologised for the “misunderstanding” that has “caused pain” for those offended.
“I didn’t mean to hurt anyone, just to express my thoughts on a very important issue,” Lefievre said.
“As a doctor, it’s my job and responsibility to speak out on these issues.”
The doctor also expressed her frustration over the criticism of the Pope and the national hymn, and criticised the players.
“The anthem is a beautiful song and it’s very important,” she said.
“When we sing it, we do so in honour of the country we live in, Italy.”
Lifelong Bari fan and comedian Alessandro Mancini, who plays the character, Dr. Seuss, also tweeted in support of the doctor.
“Sleep doctor,Sleep doctor!” he tweeted.
“This doctor is a real genius and she deserves all the respect she gets.”
Lecce, ItalyThe comments came as Lefivres comments on Sunday about the Pope prompted controversy among the football fans.
Lefivre said the Pope had a special relationship with the country, which she said has “always had a strong Catholic tradition”.
Lefievres tweet sparked a strong reaction, with the Italian Twitter user saying it was “unprofessional”.
“It’s a clear violation of ethics and it is completely unacceptable,” said Luca Caputo, a sports psychologist and director of the Centre for Sport Psychology in Barbi.
“It was not only a direct attack on the Pope, it was a direct assault on the players as well.
It’s not the first and it won’t be the last.”
Caputo added that there was a risk that the doctors reaction would become “politically motivated”.