Saturday 24 February 2018

Football loco:Cassano in hot water after president's 'old s**t' claims

JUST when it seemed that he had turned over a new leaf, Antonio Cassano has only gone and dirtied his bib once again.

The tempestuous Sampdoria striker fell out with club president Riccardo Garrone last week over Cassano's refusal to accompany the man who pays his wages to an awards ceremony. A row developed at the club training ground, during which Cassano reportedly called Garrone "an old s**t" before labelling several team-mates "a***lickers".

As a result, Sampdoria dropped Cassano for last weekend's match against AC Cesena and then went applied to the Italian football authorities for a termination of the player's contract.

"Antonio is a good and generous person, but when he loses his temper he really cannot control himself," said Garrone.

"I don't even know if he realises what he said to me when he had that explosion of rage. But last night I walked the streets of Genoa and not a single Sampdoria fan asked me to make peace with Cassano."

As for the Jewel of Bari himself, he defended his reputation by saying: "I never called the president an old s**t. We had a disagreement, but it's not just my fault. People are making me look like a terrorist."

To compound matters for Sampdoria, they will only have one recognised striker for tomorrow's clash with Catania as Cassano's team-mate Nicola Pozzi was banned for one match for blaspheming in the dressing-room.

Irish Independent

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