Monday January 6 2014
Rinaudo, Nicola: A normal foul

Leandro Rinaudo has explained why he didn’t apologise to Giuseppe Rossi on the pitch, as he and his Coach defend his challenge made.

Rossi is facing tests on Monday on suspected cruciate ligament damage on from Rinaudo’s challenge made on him during Sunday’s Tuscan derby between Fiorentina and Livorno.

Post-match focus has been very much on the nature of the foul, but both the player in question and his Coach have defended it.

“To me it was a normal challenge,” Rinaudo has reflected afterwards.

“There is attention because it regards a player like Rossi.

“I did not apologise because I was immediately surrounded by some of Fiorentina’s players. Anyway, I will call him to do so.”

The defender has also been backed by his Coach on the matter.

“I believed it was a normal foul that has been turned by some into a manhunt against Rossi,” Nicola has told reporters.

“I hope that no-one was hurt, I would hate that so much, but I believe it was a normal foul in play, as I have seen many times before.”