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Monday 16 December 2019

Fiorentina coach sacked after punching player

Vincenzo Guerini has been appointed the new manager of Fiorentina following the extraordinary sacking of Delio Rossi for physically attacking one of his players.

Adam Ljajic, the former Manchester United triallist, had sarcastically applauded Rossi's decision to substitute him during Wednesday's Serie A match against Novara.

Rossi responded by attacking Rossi in the dugout and was dismissed by club president Andrea Della Valle immediately after the game.

"I had to make this decision -- no provocation justifies the reaction," said Della Vale. "I'm sorry for the coach who is a good person and does not deserve it, but he committed a serious act.

"In a few seconds, months of stress came out.

"I am sorry because the coach has never committed acts of this kind. It's the most painful decision of my career."

Fiorentina have also started internal disciplinary proceedings against Ljajic, while the Italian league have handed Rossi a three-month ban.

Rossi's departure is the 19th coaching change in Italy's Serie A this season, beating the previous record of 15 changes in 1951-52.

Fiorentina's hard-core "ultra" fans applauded Rossi after the incident and insulted Ljajic with racist chants, resulting in the club also being fined £12,500 by Serie A.

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