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Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti out for match with Fiorentina

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Luciano Spalletti head coach of Inter send out during the Serie A match between UC Sampdoria and FC Internazionale at Stadio Luigi Ferraris on September 22, 2018 in Genoa, Italy.
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Apparently being jubilant over a goal can get you a one-match ban in Serie A.

The league announced Monday that Inter Milan boss Luciano Spalletti will have to sit out Inter’s Tuesday match up with Fiorentina for showing a “controversial attitude towards the fourth official” in Inter’s 1-0 win at Sampdoria over the weekend.

Spalletti had previously been warned about his actions, called “offensive expressions” but following Marcelo Brozovic’s game-winner, Spalletti was shown a red card.

Now, that didn’t necessarily mean he would be out for the Fiorentina match, but the sports judge ruled Monday that Spalletti needed to sit.

”I’m sorry for what happened but I don’t want to add anything else,” Spalletti told a pre-match press conference on Monday and argued that the ban had set a “difficult precedent.”

Saturday’s win was the second in a row for Inter following its 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur last week in the Group B match of the UEFA Champions League.

“I turned towards the camera to shout ‘goal’ and the fourth official told me I had done it with too much force,” Spalletti said on Saturday. “It was too important a goal, like a liberation, and they interpreted it as something with too much emotional reaction.

”I didn’t do anything wrong.”

I guess celebrating your team’s goal and subsequent victory is a bad thing now in Serie A.

At least for everyone but Juventus.

Following the announcement of the ban, Inter Milan said they planned to appeal the decision.


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