Ex-Arsenal Star Nelson Vivas Punches Fan, Resigns as Quilmes Coach
Nelson Vivas, who played for Arsenal and Argentina in an illustrious career, has resigned as coach of Quilmes after an incident in which he attacked one of his own fans in the stands.
Vivas, now 44, began and ended his playing career with Quilmes but had been struggling to lift the side in the Inicial Championship in Argentina.
They had only gathered 14 points from 12 matches under Vivas' tenure, and after a 1-1 draw at home to Atletico Rafaela, Vivas went after a fan who he claimed had been insulting him and threw three punches at him.
You can see the incident above, starting with Vivas progressively losing his temper on the touchline.
Soon after the incident, Vivas tendered his resignation. In a quote picked up by Reuters, reported on Eurosport, the Argentine said:
"I'm not a violent person but I realise that's not the image a trainer should give."
His club president Anibal Fernandez added on Argentine radio—again reported by Reuters—that Vivas had to go.
He came to my office and handed in his resignation. He knows he put his foot in it and realises the situation is uncomfortable for the team and regrets his actions.
We're trying all means to curb violence (in football in Argentina) and he can't commit such an error.
It all makes Paolo Di Canio's exit from Sunderland seem somewhat less controversial by comparison.
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