Thursday January 16 2020
Atalanta condemn Gasp insults

President Antonio Percassi has supported Gian Piero Gasperini after his reaction to the “indecent chants” directed at the coach during Fiorentina-Atalanta.

Atalanta were eliminated from the Coppa Italia after a 2-1 loss to Fiorentina in Florence, but the supremo claimed he could “clearly” hear “disgusting” chants towards his coach on TV.

The Dea coach revealed the insults went on for “the whole game” and replied by redirecting their slurs back at them.

“They directed their chants towards me the whole game, they called me son of a b…,” Gasperini told the reporters after the game. “They call me a son of a b…?

“My mother went through the war so they could have the freedom of expression and they use it for this? So no, they are the sons of b…”

His response sparked reactions in the media and the patron Percassi has supported his coach and said Atalanta are “by his side”.

“He reacted in the right way,” Percassi told Tuttosport. “Atalanta are by his side. The Artemio Franchi has hit rock bottom.”

The 66-year-old claimed the “uncivilised” chanting towards his coach would have seen a different reaction “if it had happened in Bergamo”.

“Gasperini was the target of disgusting, uncivilised, unbearable chants at the Artemio Franchi,” the President said. “An indecent thing, which went on throughout the game and was heard clearly on TV, on several occasions.

“All of this is absolutely shameful. The referee had to stop the game, like it would happen when racist chants are howled from the stands.

“If it had happened in Bergamo, I imagine what would have been said about the city and the people of Bergamo."

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