Fiorentina Coach Delio Rossi Attacks His Own Player (Video)
With the NHL Playoffs well underway, most people seem convinced of the fact that the road to the Stanley Cup may be the most grueling in sports. And while that statement is awfully tough to argue with, one could suggest that the road to the Scudetto in Italian Serie A soccer can be just as taxing on a player, both physically and mentally. After all, with the expectations for certain clubs set at a rather high level, an inability to meet those expectations can often translate into rebellion from their fans and violent attacks from their coaches.
We have already witnessed the fans of Roma and Genoa rebel against their underachieving clubs over the course of the past couple of weeks, and yesterday we saw Fiorentina coach Delio Rossi attack one of his own players following a substitution during a 2-2 draw with Novara.
It has been a frustrating season for La Viola, as their 10-14-12 record has them flirting with relegation. That sense of frustration seemed to come to a boiling point during the first half of yesterday’s game when Rossi substituted Adem Ljajic from the match. While making his way to the bench, Ljajic sarcastically applauded his coach’s decision, causing him to endure a sideline attack from the 51-year-old bench boss, which may have included a slap in the face, or two.
Rossi has since been fired by Fiorentina and suspended for three months by Serie A as a result of the incident. The team will continue to investigate what took place during the melee in an effort to determine whether or not they will take any action against Ljajic. In the meantime, Vincenzo Guerini will take over the head coaching duties for the final two games of the season, and he will be expected to keep his hands to himself during his tenure.
That was something Rossi was clearly unable to do, and he now finds himself unemployed as a result. Here is a look at how it all unfolded.
Hat Tip – [Washington Post]