Former Roma midfielder Damiano Tommasi has come out in defence of Nocerina’s player following the club’s expulsion from the League.
The Lega Pro outfit’s controversial derby match with Salernitana in November lasted just 21 minutes after the Campania side used up all three substitutions early on only for five more players to then suffer ‘injuries’, leading to the match being abandoned.
Nocerina fans had been banned from attending the game and some of the players are reported to have received death threats from ultras had they fulfilled the fixture.
The club have provisionally been kicked out of the Lega Pro B as a result of the players’ actions and fined €10,000.
Tommasi, now President of the Italian Professional Footballers’ Association, believes the full facts need to be established before pointing the finger of blame.
“We’ll need to wait for the court rulings but the initial verdict was harsh,” he said.
“What is certain is that the players’ actions were the final result of a chain of events but we need to find out whether they were the protagonists or the victims.”