Thursday, May 03, 2012

Italy: Delio Rossi banned following attack

Fiorentina coach Delio Rossi's physical assault of one of his own players sparked outrage Thursday, and the club announced that club manager Vincenzo Guerini will take over the team for the final two matches of the season.

Rossi was fired for slapping Adem Ljajic in the face after the Serbian forward protested his first-half substitution Wednesday during a 2-2 draw with Novara. The coach then had to be pulled away as it appeared he was lining up a punch.

Meanwhile, the Serie A banned Rossi for three months -- even though he has no club now.

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