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Fiorentina Soccer Coach Rossi Fired for Attacking Player

May 03, 2012

Former Fiorentina coach Delio Rossi was suspended three months by the Italian soccer league after attacking one of his own players during a game last night.

Fiorentina forward Adem Ljajic appeared to applaud Rossi’s decision to substitute him in the first half of the match against Novara, and television pictures showed the coach responded by pushing the Serbian and aiming a punch at him.

“The TV shots demonstrate thoughtless conduct, both violent and unexpected, whose seriousness can’t be excused because of the emotions of a tense phase of the match,” a statement on the Serie A website read.

Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle fired Rossi hours after the incident.

“For his own good to make him understand he has made a mistake, I had to take this decision,” Della Valle said in a statement on the club’s website. “No provocation justifies the reaction.”

Ljajic will also be punished for his part in the incident, Della Valle added. Fiorentina rallied from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Novara and go six points clear of the three-team relegation positions with two matches remaining.

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