Monday October 21 2019
Lazio-Atalanta row rumbles on

After Atalanta boss Gian Piero Gasperini hit out at “demented” Lazio, the capital club argue the Coach has taken things to “an absolutely unjustifiable level”.

Two Ciro Immobile penalties on Saturday earned Lazio a 3-3 draw with Atalanta, who had been leading 3-0 at one stage.

That prompted Gasperini to accuse Immobile of diving and the Aquile to then describe his remarks as “entirely unjustified and unacceptable”.

“Mine wasn’t an attack on Immobile’s professionalism, Lazio’s statement was demented,” the 61-year-old told Sky Sport Italia.

“I didn’t attack the player, club or Inzaghi. I commented on the incident and I stand by what I said.

“I don’t regret my words. I’ve heard many comments from former players and executives who used to play football, but what they said doesn’t mean anything.

“Having said that, it’s in the past now. We’re ready to play and go beyond defending our position, we’re only thinking about playing football.”

That was followed by Lazio spokesperson Arturo Diaconale attempting to stoke the controversy - but not without taking another swipe at Gasperini.

“It’s best to avoid pursuing a controversy which, with the term used by Gasperini, ‘demented’, I believe has reached an absolutely unjustifiable level.”

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