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Catania coach Baldini apologizes for kicking opposing coach in backside

Catania coach Baldini apologizes for kicking opposing coach in backside

Catania coach Silvio Baldini has apologized for kicking Parma counterpart Domenico Di Carlo in the backside, although not to Di Carlo.
"I want to excuse myself with everyone _ Parma fans included _ but not to him. He provoked me," Baldini said Monday.
In the 85th minute of Sunday's 2-2 draw, Baldini walked back over to Di Carlo following a verbal argument and landed his leg square in Di Carlo's backside after Di Carlo had turned away.
"It wasn't pretty," Baldini said. "I made a mistake."
The incident provoked outrage among other coaches and players and Baldini will likely receive a lengthy ban.
"There are no justifications. He has to say he's sorry, accept the sanctions and comport himself in a different manner in the future," Italian soccer federation president Giancarlo Abete said.
Baldini will almost certainly miss Catania's home opener against Genoa next weekend. The match will be Catania's first game played at home in seven months, since a policeman was killed during a riot following a game against Sicilian rival Palermo in February.
"Catania is a city that has suffered a lot and needs to provide a virtuous example of sporting principles," Abete said.
League sporting judge Gianpaolo Tosel said the length of Baldini's ban would likely be decided Tuesday.
"From what soccer historians recall, there are no precedents for what happened in Parma yesterday," Tosel said, adding that Di Carlo could be suspended for provoking Baldini.


Updated : 2021-03-05 06:51 GMT+08:00