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Tuesday November 26 2019
Lecce President: 'Olsen play-acting!'

Lecce President Saverio Sticchi Damiani criticised apologetic Cagliari goalkeeper Robin Olsen for being the “protagonist of incredible play-acting.”

Olsen clashed with Gianluca Lapadula after the Lecce striker had reduced the deficit to 2-1 from the penalty spot at the Via del Mare on Monday, following a handling offence by Fabrizio Cacciatore.

The two players clashed and Lecce President Sticchi Damiani accused Olsen of “simulation” to help get Lapadula sent off.

“I have a great feeling of regret, we should have played in with two men more, 11 against nine,” he said about the last 10 minutes of the game. “Here we have endless debates on handballs, positioning of the arm and VAR.

“Then Lecce had to accept a red card for Lapadula, who took three hits from the opposing goalkeeper, without having done anything.

“We will lose our player through suspension, because of Olsen’s simulation. He was the protagonist of incredible play-acting.”

The match ended in a 2-2 draw, as Lecce played with 10 against nine, and the former Roma shot-stopper apologised to the fans after being “close to three points.”

“Unfortunate end of the game, which of course I apologise for,” Olsen posted on social media. “To my teammates, my coaches and our fans! I never wanted to leave them alone in this game, we were close to the three points after a good team effort…

“New games are coming up and I will do everything I can to support my team, as always!”

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