Adem Ljajic insists he did not offend Delio Rossi in Serbian. “I don’t know why he has to refer to falsehoods now.”
The row between the two men drags on long past their dugout brawl, which saw the Coach fired by Fiorentina and the 20-year-old frozen out of the squad.
At first Rossi refused to reveal what Ljajic said to spark his physical attack, but has now told newspapers it was “go back in your mother’s ****” in Serbian, a phrase the Coach knows from working with many Serbs throughout his career.
“I want to deny in every possible way the story that I insulted Rossi in my language,” Ljajic told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“Besides, the insult he is referring to is not even a common phrase for me or the Serbian language.
“At this stage I’d have no problem admitting it if I had said something like that. I repeat, I made a mistake, but my provocation was limited to an applause and the phrase ‘bravo maestro, really, you’re great.’
“I was wrong and I was angry but, despite my anger, I maintained enough of a clear head to avoid using insults. I never said anything like that and I don’t understand why he has to refer to falsehoods now.”
The player did however confirm that he never actually apologised to his Coach.
“It’s true, I didn’t apologise to the Coach and that was a mistake, but his reaction was just too strong. I hope to be brought back into the squad immediately so I can give my contribution to the team.”
Ljajic has been frozen out of the Fiorentina squad for the rest of the season and is expected to be sold to Borussia Dortmund in the summer.