Sarcasm is the language of Serie A

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    Sarcasm is the art of insulting idiots without them realising it.

    Fiorentina coach Delio Rossi was sacked by his club’s owner after attacking his own player Adem Ljajic during a Serie A clash against relegation threatened Novara this week.

    Rossi took exception to the Serbian midfielder’s sarcastic applause while he trudged off to the dugout, obviously unhappy with Rossi’s decision to take him off the field.

    According to the above definition, Rossi is no idiot and detecting the sarcasm of Ljajic’s applause, leapt into the dug-out and launched into a windmill of punches aimed at the disrespectful footballer’s head.

    Club officials and a couple of substitutes tried to separate them, pulling Ljajic away from his irate coach as he continued the physical and verbal tirade.

    Fiorentina acted soon after the match ended 2-2 and owner Andrea Della Valle sacked the 51-year-old manager what he described as “a serious action from a mild person”.

    Dalle Valle said Rossi had left him no other option. “But the decision to sack him is a must due to the values this club has followed over the last few years.”

    What’s happened to Italian football’s sense of humour, shouldn’t Rossi have been aware that Italians are famous for their sense of sarcasm?

    A couple of weeks ago Cagliari striker Mauricio Pinilla reacted sarcastically to his red card for over-celebrating a goal against Inter and told the match official, “Next time I score, I’ll just burst into tears.”

    He had already been booked when he climbed on to the railings, celebrating his goal for too long with the Cagliari fans and collected his second yellow for time wasting, funnily enough.

    Serie B coach Zdenek Zemen was also once quoted as telling one of his players, “You are not as bad a player as some journalists say, you are much worse than that.” And the classic sarcastic quote that “football is complicated by the presence of the opposing team.”

    Former Inter Milan great Giacinto Facchetti was capped 94 times for the Azzuri wearing the captain’s armband 70 times. He played for his country at the 1966, 1970 and 1974 FIFA World Cup Finals and has a World Cup runner’s up medal from 1970 when Italy was beaten in the final 4–1 by Pele’s Brazil. He also captained Italy to win Euro 68.

    Facchetti was a tough, but fair defender and rarely faced the judiciary. He was only ever sent off once in his whole career, for yes you guessed it, sarcastically applauding the referee.

    What is it with footballers and sarcastic applause and how is this so insulting that it causes mild people to go crazy and referees to reach for the red card? Surely there’s no harm in a bit of sarcasm in football.

    Don’t take it so seriously and in the words of one of Claudio Gentile’s ex-girlfriend, “if a man watches three football games in a row, he should be declared legally dead.”

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    • Roar Guru

      May 6th 2012 @ 11:24am
      Fussball ist unser leben said | May 6th 2012 @ 11:24am | ! Report

      Nice one, ICF.

      In relation to the Adem Ljajic incident, it seems that Delio Rossi’s reaction was provoked by more than Ljajic’s sarcastic applause.

      The day after the incident, Rossi explained that: “While he was going back to the bench Ljajic applauded and said to me: ‘Well done, maestro. Really, you’re a phenomenon.’

      “I told him he shouldn’t dare behave like that and he offended me in Serbian. But I have trained many Serbian players in my career and I understood what he said.

      “He told me to ‘go back in your mother’s ****’ and at that point I lost it”.


    • Roar Guru

      May 6th 2012 @ 7:06pm
      The Cattery said | May 6th 2012 @ 7:06pm | ! Report

      Just catching up a bit with La Repubblica, Rossi is quoted as saying:

      ”Il mio è stato un gesto deprecabile ma umanamente comprensibile. Su una cosa non transigo, il rispetto della mia persona, del mio lavoro e della squadra. Ringrazio la famiglia Della Valle per avermi dato l’opportunità di vivere questa avventura. In questa vicenda ho visto molti falsi moralisti”

      He regrets the action but wants people to understand why he felt compelled to defend his and the team’s honour.

      I tifosi viola did turn out in their hundreds to give him their best wishes”

      “Da mercenari circondato, uomo vero ti sei dimostrato” (you surrouned by mercenaries, you’ve shown yourself to be a real man)

      “Uno di noi, Delio uno di noi” (One of us, Delio you’re one of us)

      • Roar Guru

        May 7th 2012 @ 12:40pm
        ItsCalledFootball said | May 7th 2012 @ 12:40pm | ! Report

        Thanks TC for the translation.
        There’s no doubt who the fans are supporting and its not the Serbian.

        Surely his behaviour is contravening his contract conditions and bringing the cluh into disrepute and the player should be sacked immediately, just like the manager.

    • May 7th 2012 @ 10:11am
      Damo Baresi said | May 7th 2012 @ 10:11am | ! Report

      I thought the coach was just being a typical emotion Italian but reading what the 20 y.o nobody said to the 51 y.o coach, well the young guy was just begging for a punch in the mouth, several in fact and he got them, as deserved.

      • Roar Guru

        May 7th 2012 @ 12:21pm
        The Cattery said | May 7th 2012 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

        I agree and i tifosi viola appear to agree as well.

    • Roar Guru

      May 7th 2012 @ 12:29pm
      ItsCalledFootball said | May 7th 2012 @ 12:29pm | ! Report

      Thanks guys,
      I wasn’t aware of what was actually said to him at the time of writing, the articles only mentioned a “sarcastic applause”.

      Still, I know its hard, but you need to have some level of restraint or you’ll end up getting sacked, the player should be too.

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