Wednesday September 11 2019
Commisso warns Fiorentina fans

Rocco Commisso has warned Fiorentina fans to stop with the insulting chants about the Heysel disaster, Gaetano Scirea and southerners.

Commisso did not hold back in his latest interview with Corriere dello Sport, starting off by expressing ‘disappointment’ at Fiorentina’s lack of an adequate infrastructure.

“We wanted De Paul, Raphinha, De Rossi and Nainggolan,” he told Corriere dello Sport.

“The prices of the first two weren’t fair in our eyes. I’ve been clear, we want to do better than last season.

“I didn’t promise the Champions League. With our turnover, you can’t spend €230m. You have to change mechanisms and increase revenues.

“Our infrastructure needs to be improved. We want a stadium and training complex where everyone - women, academy, first team, youth - will have a pool, pitches and gym.

“In this sense, I’ve been disappointed. There’s a desire to do things, but I see a long process, full of obstacles.”

The Italo-American tycoon stayed true to his word during the summer over keeping Federico Chiesa...

“We never received a call from Juventus or any other club for Chiesa. Our position has always been clear.

“I read Della Valle would’ve given me a discount, as long as I didn’t sell Chiesa. But do you really think they knocked off €70m during negotiations?”

The Viola take on perennial rivals Juventus in Serie A this weekend, and the 69-year-old made it clear he would not stand for any offensive behaviour from his club’s supporters.

“I don’t want to hear them anymore, neither on Heysel nor Scirea. I also don’t want to hear those against the south anymore.

“I’m from Calabria, Joe Barone is Sicilian, Montella is from Naples. Attacking southerners is attacking us.

“To the leaders of the Fiesole [ultras group], I say: ‘Weed out the few who make those chants.’”

Finally, Commisso had words of praise for Italy Under-21 midfielder Gaetano Castrovilli.

“I just wonder why he didn’t already play for Fiorentina last season. He’ll make the national team.”

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