Manager Roberto D’Aversa fired following incident involving headbutting by Serie A team

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A frightening event involving a fight with Verona striker Thomas Henry led to the sacking of manager Roberto D’Aversa from Serie A team Lecce.

After Lecce’s 1-0 loss to their relegation rivals on Sunday—in which D’Aversa headbutted Henry—the 48-year-old coach’s stint came to a sudden end.

Both D’Aversa and Henry were sent off for their antics, which included a hulking onto the field during full-time to confront the striker.

In a statement, Lecce quickly condemned their manager’s behavior, stating their extreme dissatisfaction and stressing that his acts go against the club’s and sport’s principles.

On Monday morning, less than twenty-four hours following the event, Lecce confirmed D’Aversa’s departure, stating that his actions were inappropriate.

The club thanked D’Aversa and his coaching staff for their efforts, but they decided to fire them immediately because of the situation.

He called his actions “inexcusable” and said that he had intervened on the field to calm the opposition down before they could agitate his players.

He did not intend to participate in such behavior, he said, while acknowledging that the headbutt was unfortunate.

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