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Lecce coach Roberto D'Aversa headbutted an opponent. © ANSA / ABBONDANZA SCURO LEZZI

Lecce coach goes completely crazy: expulsion as a result

In Lecce there were unpleasant scenes after the end of the game. In the middle of it all was Lecce's coach Roberto D'Aversa. To do this, the trainer must now vacate his seat.

The encounter between Lecce and Hellas Verona promised to be a particularly delicate affair even before the game kicked off. Only two points separated the two teams in the fight to stay in the league. In the end, it wasn't the course of the encounter and that Veronese winning goal from Michael Folorunsho in the 17th minute for conversation, but what happened after the game ended.

Already in injury time of the second half, Lecce's Marins Pongracic and Verona's Thomas Henry were the protagonists of a verbal argument that continued after the final whistle. There was a small commotion in which Verona's sporting director Gennaro Delvecchio tried to calm the French striker and then dragged him into the catacombs.

After the end of the game there were unpleasant scenes in Lecce. © ANSA / ANSA

But it was at that moment that Lecce coach Roberto D'Aversa lost his temper. After the 48-year-old congratulated his predecessor Marco Baroni on his victory, he walked up to Henry and gave him a headbutt, which did not go unnoticed by the referees.


Both the attacker and D'Aversa were then sent off with red cards by the referee.
“As a father, I apologize for the scene.” Roberto D'Aversa

After the game, D'Aversa apologized in an interview Sky Sports for the events: “In the last few minutes the game was characterized by constant provocations, which, however, did not justify what happened. Next Saturday we have an important game against Salernitana and I didn't want my players to get a ban. What happened to Henry was certainly not intentional. As a coach and father of three children, I apologize for this gesture, which was certainly not nice to see.”

This Monday, Roberto D'Aversa was officially removed from office. Already after the end of the game there was apparently a break between the coach and the club. Leonardo Semplici, Luca Gotti and Marco Giampaolo are considered potential successors for the coaching position at the southern Italians.

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