Serie D club Grosseto have sacked youth coach Tommaso Casalini after he said 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg could “take a pounding”.
Thunberg has become a global figure for taking a stand on climate change, but her actions provoked a vile response from Casalini, who had been assistant Coach of Grosseto’s Giovanissimi A team.
“This w****! A 16-year-old can take a pounding, she’s at the right age,” he wrote on Facebook.
That was followed by the non-League side announcing they had dismissed the trainer for “not acting in line with the club, who focus on moral values even more than technical values.”
Casalini later issued a grovelling apology for his remarks.
“I’d like to publicly apologise to everyone, starting with Greta Thunberg, for the post I wrote on Facebook last week.
“It was an outburst written in a moment of anger against the young Swedish activist with absolutely the wrong language and content I regret.
“I never thought or could never have really thought about certain things, especially a minor. However, when you make mistakes then it’s only right that you take responsibility for them.
“Therefore I willingly accept Grosseto’s decision to remove me from my role as assistant Coach of the Giovanissimi A, and I apologise to the club for the obvious embarrassment caused by my gesture.”
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