Fiorentina fires coach after attack

Updated: May 2, 2012, 6:41 PM ET
Associated Press

FLORENCE, Italy -- Fiorentina manager Delio Rossi was fired for physically attacking Adem Ljajic after the Serbian forward protested his first-half substitution Wednesday during a 2-2 tie against Novara.

The incident occurred shortly after the half-hour mark, with Fiorentina trailing 2-0.

As he walked toward the bench, Ljajic put his thumb up to sarcastically praise Rossi for the substitution. When the player sat down, Rossi ran over and appeared to slap Ljajic in the face.

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