Fiorentina manager Delio Rossi was fired on Wednesday after he punched one of his players, Adem Ljijac, multiple times after he came off the pitch when substituted during the club's 2-2 draw to Novara, according to USA Today.
UPDATE: Thursday, May 3 at 10:45 a.m. ET
Rossi has been suspended three months by the IFA for his actions during Wednesday's match versus Novara.
"The sporting judge, having received from the Federal Attorney a report citing article 35, 1.3, CGS in relation to the conduct of coach Delio Rossi in the 31st minute of the first half, acquired and examined television images, and all of the notifications and technical documents notes the following:
"The coach replaced the number 22 Viola player, who, having left the field of play, sat on the bench, apparently not accepting the decision, aimed ironic and provocative applause at the coach, presumably accompanied by some equally unappreciated words.
While Rossi was certainly wrong for hitting Ljijac, there was no reason for the young player to clap sarcastically at his manager. That is incredibly disrespectful and not a good way to make a name for yourself in Serie A.
The report continued:
"Rossi suddenly jumped on the player, grabbing his left arm and hitting him repeatedly with his right arm to the face, until some employees removed him from Ljajic with difficulty.
"These images show conduct so thoughtless, violent and unpredictable, the seriousness of which cannot be mitigated by the emotional tension that a match generates.
"For these reasons, the coach Delio Rossi has been sanctioned with a three-month ban."
After reading this report, and seeing the video of the incident, it comes as no surprise that Rossi has been suspended. Attacking a player like he did has no place in football, and there was no reason to deal with a player in that kind of manner.
Rossi is a good manager, and will likely lead a club in the near future, but this incident will stay with him forever.
Ljijac didn't like that Rossi was taking him off the pitch after just 30 minutes of play, and then proceeded to clap in a sarcastic manner in the bench area.
Rossi was not pleased by this gesture, and went over to Ljijac and hit him multiple times.
Here is the video of the incident.
The player was certainly disrespectful, but there's no need for a manager to ever attack a player like that, especially during an actual match.
Fiorentina are trying to survive relegation and ensure Serie A football next season, and don't need any unneeded distractions holding them down.
Fiorentina president Andre Della Valle spoke about the decision to fire Rossi after the match
"I spoke with Delio Rossi and he's prepared to apologize, but this was a choice that had to be made," Della Valle said on Italy's Sky TV. "It's a choice I should never have had to make, but there is no justification for Delio Rossi's actions. The firing is for his well being. He's a great person."
Vincenzo Guerini will take over as manager for the rest of the season, according to Soccernet.
"Fiorentina announces that Vincenzo Guerini will guide the team in the final two games of the campaign. The club wishes to thank coach Delio Rossi and his staff for the work done in these months.
"Fiorentina also announces that it has opened a disciplinary case against the player, Adem Ljajic."
One of the tasks Della Valle has in the summer is to find a stable manager who will get Fiorentina back among the elite of Italian football, because there's no excuse for a club with this much talent to be fighting off relegation.
Fiorentina are currently in 15ht place in the Seria A table with 42 points, and are six points above Lecce, who are in the first relegation spot.
After finishing fourth in Serie A and earning a spot in the Champions League during the 2008-09 season, the club hasn't finished better than 9th place since.
Their next match is Saturday versus Lecce.
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