Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Roberto Gotta in Italy

Genoa owner Enrico Preziosi is a sometimes abrasive character who has frequently fallen foul of football's authorities and his own fans. You wouldn't trust him to be gracious to losers, but he was - and it was not just any loser. It was Sampdoria, Genoa's local rivals and the subject of much scorn, grief and disbelief across the nation after their unexpected plunge to Serie B just 12 months after qualifying for the Champions League preliminary round. "Those of us on the other side of town can't really celebrate in a situation like this," Preziosi said. "I am happy Genoa are above Samp, but I don't like this."

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