Rossi VS Ljajic Altercation during ACF Fiorentina VS Novare
The football (and sports) world recoiled in horror when Delio Rossi physically attacked forward Adem Ljajic after the two were involved in an argument. In order to justify the abrupt termination of Rossi as manager, a review of what transpired is at hand (via USA Today).
During the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Novena, Rossi replaced Ljajic with another player. Ljajic (apparently) made a sarcastic comment that was not to Rossi's liking.
Rossi responded by physically assaulting Ljajic while the two were in the Fiorentina dugout. Immediately after the match, ACF Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle fired Rossi and replaced him with Vincenzo Guerini.
Vincenzo Guerini will serve as interim manager until the end of the season.
Della Valle did the right thing in sacking Rossi as manager even though the latter was provoked. Rossi could have simply ignored the taunt or denounced Ljajic.
The football (and sports) world has zero tolerance for violence from spectators, managers and players. The rules that exist concerning violence in football are written and are enforced.
FIFA and UEFA have rules concerning violence and misconduct which defend the integrity of football. Della Valle defended the dignity of football with his actions which includes disciplinary action against Ljajic.
The lesson to be learned from the article about Rossi is that we should stand up and say no to violence in football. It is hoped that Rossi learned his lesson although it is too late.