Thursday 22 March 2018

Ancelotti in hot water over offensive gesture

Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti. Photo: PA
Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti. Photo: PA newsdesk

Bayern Munich coach Carlo Ancelotti could face disciplinary action after admitting making an offensive gesture following his side's 1-1 draw at Hertha Berlin.

German broadcaster ARD reported that the 57-year-old Italian raised his middle finger to home fans after claiming he had been spat on during Saturday's Bundesliga match, which saw Bayern net a stoppage-time equaliser through Robert Lewandowski.

When asked about the incident, Ancelotti said: "Yes, I made the gesture because I was spat on."

Lewandowski's goal six minutes into added time cancelled out Vedad Ibisevic's first-half opener for Hertha and helped Bayern open up an eight-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.

Meanwhile in Italy, Torino and Joe Hart endured a 4-1 drubbing from second-placed Roma as Napoli eased to a comfortable 3-1 victory at Chievo yesterday to keep their faint title hopes alive.

Roma's irresistible attack established a 2-0 lead inside 20 minutes through Edin Dzeko's low 10th-minute strike and Mohamed Salah's sensational volley seven minutes later.

In-form Dzeko could have had his 12th goal in his last eight matches in the 51st minute but fired over after being played in by Emerson, before Leandro Paredes produced a sublime long-range strike in the 63rd minute.

Roma's win keeps them second on 56 points, seven behind Juventus and two clear of Napoli.

Irish Independent

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