Lecce sack manager D'Aversa over headbutting incident

 
Coach Roberto D'Aversa of US Lecce and player Thomas Henry of Hellas Verona argue during the Serie A TIM match between US Lecce and Hellas Verona FC - Serie A TIM at Stadio Via del Mare on March 10, 2024 in Lecce, Italy.


Serie A club Lecce have fired manager Roberto D'Aversa after he headbutted an opposing player at the end of his side's loss to Hellas Verona.

D'Aversa headbutted Verona striker Thomas Henry in the aftermath of Lecce's 1-0 home defeat on Sunday, and the club released a statement later that day condemning the incident.

They have now dismissed the 48-year-old.

"After the events that took place at the end of the Lecce - Verona match, U.S.Lecce announces that it has relieved coach Roberto D'Aversa of his duties," the club said in a statement.

D'Aversa was shown the red card along with Henry, and afterwards the manager - who joined Lecce in June 2023 - apologised while saying his players had been continually provoked towards the end of the game.

Lecce have won five of their 28 league games this season, leaving them in 15th place on 25 points, one point above the relegation zone.

Verona overtook them with Sunday's win to move to 13th on 26 points.

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