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Fiorentina Coach Delio Rossi Attacks Adem Ljajic, Loses Job (Video)

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterMay 3, 2012

Here's one sure way to lose your coaching job:

Attack one of your own players.

Fiorentina manager former manager Delio Rossi was involved in a physical confrontation with midfielder Adem Ljajic on Wednesday. On Thursday, Rossi was fired.

From ESPN Soccernet:

Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle told Sky Sports in Italy, in quotes reported on the club's official website: "At the end of the match I saw pictures of what happened on the bench when Ljajic was substituted.

"I made the decision to sack the coach for an act that was very serious. Tomorrow morning we'll talk calmly.

"I'm sorry for the coach who is a good person and does not deserve it, but tonight he committed a serious act."

Serious, indeed. Watch the video above to get a good look at the situation.

Ljajic, in fairness, was acting a bit bratty on his way off the pitch. But he's 20, and anyway, that's no reason to attack him.

According to multiple reports, Fiorentina will discipline Ljajic.

For what it's worth, Ljajic had been linked with a move away from Fiorentina, with Arsenal and Manchester United reportedly interested at some point.

The incident sparked outrage in Italy, with former national team manager Arrigo Sacchi denouncing the "excess" of modern football. From the Associated Press:

“It was a deplorable act, but it’s the consequence of the environment,” former Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi told Tgcom24. “The football system lives on excess and when everything is excessive reactions become that way, too.

“We’re living in complete abnormality and we don’t even realize it,” Sacchi added. “Football here is social survival and you’ve got to win at any cost, even with cunningness and deception. And if you live in a powderbox, eventually it explodes.”

Just for good measure, Serie A banned Rossi for three months. Vincenzo Guerini will manage the team for their final two matches this season.


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