Video: Fiorentina Manager Delio Rossi Attacks His Own Player Adem Ljajic
There are good ways to deal with your anger and there are bad ways to deal with your anger. Counting to 10 is a good way to deal with your anger. Sucker-punching a rival lacrosse player while you’re being ushered off the field for punching a different lacrosse player is a bad way of dealing with your anger.
During a recent Italian soccer showdown between Fiorentina and Novara, we got another example of a bad way of dealing with anger.
Mad because his squad was playing horribly and losing to an awful club, Fiorentina manager Delio Rossi made an unfortunate situation a whole lot worse when he randomly decided to attack one of his own players. Now, to be fair, Adem Ljajic (the victim) was handling getting substituted out like a petulant child (he mocked and fake-clapped the decision), but he still didn’t deserve to get choked out the way he did.
Check out the entire fiasco below (from different angles):
For what it’s worth, Fiorentina eventually fought back and ended up turning what appeared to be a guaranteed loss into a 2-2 tie. Maybe there is something to this Italian, assault-based way of mentoring youngsters after all.
(Kudos to Yahoo! Sports for the find)