During the Serie A game between Fiorentina and Novara last Wednesday, May 2, Fiorentina manager—now former manager—Delio Rossi slapped one of his own players, forward Adem Ljajić. Ljajić had protested Rossi’s decision to remove him from the game.
Unfortunately for Ljajić, millions around the world witnessed this humiliating incident.
Though Rossi was clearly in the wrong, Ljajić did provoke the assault with his childish antics.
A few years ago, Ljajić almost transferred to Manchester United, but the deal fell through, with Partizan's then-sports director Ivan Tomić saying: "I think that they will regret this decision in future."
In hindsight, though, Manchester United dodged a bullet by not signing the overrated Ljajić.