Thursday, May 3rd, 2012
Barely a day goes past without some moronic fans kicking lumps out each other, while it’s also far too regular to see footballers duking it out on the pitch, or even taking their aggression out on officials and/or the fans themselves.
On Wednesday night in Serie A, however, the issue of violence in football took on a whole new level as Fiorentina coach Delio Rossi assaulted his own player Adem Ljajic.
Ljajic, the 20-year-old Serb starlet, was hauled off in the 32nd minute as the Viola fell 2-behind to Novara. On exiting the pitch Ljajic sarcastically jeered his coach Delio Rossi, but few could have foreseen how mentally Rossi would react.
It was as if Rossi had taken directions straight out of the Homer Simpson handbook: the 51-year-old jumped into the dug-out, wrapped his hands around Ljajic’s throat, and Rossi throttled his young striker much in the same way Bart Simpson is educated on the Fox cartoon.
The silver lining in this sorry episode was the swift reaction from the Fiorentina hierarchy.
President Andrea Della Valle wasted little time summarily sacking his manager, commenting “I have decided to fire the coach for what we see as a serious incident. I am sorry for Delio Rossi because he’s a good person. This is a serious matter, though. We will further talk about this tomorrow.”
Related link: Highlights of Fiorentina 2 – Novara 2.