Argentinian coach gets into fist fight with fans

Rosario (Argentina), March 23 (IANS) Argentinian football outfit Sarmiento de Junin’s coach Ricardo Caruso Lombardi got involved in a fist fight with his team’s fans after losing 0-1 to Rosario Central.

The incident took place at a service station close to here when a group of fans insulted the coach and players on their way home from the match on Monday evening, reports Xinhua.

“They began to provoke me, bad mouthing myself and the players. I could not let them go on that way. They complained about the defeat and asked why we were heading towards relegation,” the coach said on Tuesday.

Caruso Lombardi had got off the team bus to take photos with a group of fans when “one began to say things to me. I looked at him and asked him what was wrong with him. He said that I was scared and that we were going to be relegated. Twice I asked him if he was being serious.

“This lasted five minutes. I had seen these people before in Junin, they came to the pitch. Maybe they are annoyed about the relegation and they came to get their own justice. I do not regret it,” added the coach.

The 54-year-old manager is known for his histrionic style. He has coached numerous clubs in different Argentinian football categories. Recently he was hired by Sarmiento, a club from the province of Buenos Aires, to try to prevent the team from relegating into second division. After eight matches, the team is currently last in Zone A with five points.

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