Sacked Fiorentina coach Delio Rossi apologises after attacking own player
Former Fiorentina coach Delio Rossi has today apologised for his behaviour after hitting one of his own players during Wednesday's 2-2 draw against Novara.
The 51-year-old attacked Fiorentina midfielder Adem Ljajic in the dugout after the player's apparent dissent at being substituted just 32 minutes into the match.
As a result, Rossi was dismissed by the Serie A club and has been banned for three months by the Italian football league.
"It's difficult to be here today," Rossi said in a press conference. "My adventure at Fiorentina has ended and I want to thank the (Fiorentina owners) Della Valle family for wishing me the best of luck in the future.
"I apologise for the episode.
"I have made a mistake and I will pay for it."
Rossi claimed he was provoked by the 21-year-old Ljajic but insists he should not have acted the way he did.
"I don't compromise on certain issues," the 51-year-old Rossi said. "I want respect for myself, for my work, for the team I coach and for my family.
"These issues were raised.
"My gesture was ugly, disgraceful and I am very saddened.
"I have never said that I am a saint but you can ask the children and all the players that I have coached in the past what type of person I am.
"I have never allowed myself to hit anyone, not even my children."
The former Palermo tactician, who replaced sacked Sinisa Mihajlovic in November, endured a difficult spell with the Viola.
Fiorentina have won just three of their last 11 games and have yet to guarantee Serie A safety.
Fiorentina have appointed team manager Vincenzo Guerini as Rossi's replacement until the end of the season.
Rossi has wished his former club the best of luck in the final two rounds of the campaign, with the Viola still needing a point to ensure Serie A safety.
"The job is almost done," he said. "I ask the fans to be close to the players and to the Della Valle family."
Latest in Sport
Monaco is a street circuit where driver ability is more important than anywhere else and if we take ...
by Gareth Purnell
24 May 2013 02:00 AM
Three weeks ago as I drove off the Eurostar, I remember thinking what a very long time it was until ...
by Martin Ayres
23 May 2013 05:29 PM
McDowell did brilliantly to land the World Match Play title in Bulgaria last week, but it’s a format...
by Gareth Purnell
23 May 2013 09:13 AM
David Moyes delighted after Rio Ferdinand agrees to stay at Manchester United with new one-year contract
Sergio Garcia / Tiger Woods 'fried chicken' racism row takes fresh twist after 'coloured athletes' comment
After racist remark, Sergio Garcia fights for reputation as Tiger Woods slams 'hurtful' fried chicken joke
Manuel Pellegrini must deliver five trophies in five years at Manchester City says chief executive Ferran Soriano
Major refinancing sees Manchester United slash interest bill by £10m a year
- 1 Pope Francis: Being an atheist is alright as long as you do good
- 2 'He was always smiling': Lee Rigby named as Woolwich victim
- 3 'Something passed underneath us, quite close': Airbus A320 has close encounter with UFO
- 4 Lord of the Sings: Sir Christopher Lee, 91, to release heavy metal album
- 5 Two bailed after arrest over Twitter comments about Woolwich murder
BMF is the UK’s biggest and best loved outdoor fitness classes
Find out what The Independent's resident travel expert has to say about one of the most beautiful small cities in the world
Nook is donating eReaders to volunteers at high-need schools and participating in exclusive events throughout the campaign.
Get the latest on The Evening Standard's campaign to get London's children reading.
Win anything from gadgets to five-star holidays on our competitions and offers page.