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Montella: Italy Could Lose More Top Players
Football Italia, May 5th, 2014 2:10PM
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Fiorentina coach Vincenzo Montella warned that more top players will want to leave Italy’s Serie A following the chaotic scenes that marred the Coppa Italia final at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Sunday. The game was delayed 45 minutes amid rumors that a Neopolitan fan shot in the chest outside the stadium had died. The game was only given the go-ahead after intense negotiations between Napoli captain Marek Hamsik, the authorities, and the leaders of the hardcore fan bases for both teams known as ‘ultras,’ where it was eventually resolved that the fan was still alive and that the shooting likely had nothing to do with the game. Napoli went on to win the match, 3-1, thanks to two early goals fromLorenzo Insigne and a late third from Dries Mertens.

Afterward, Montella expressed his regrets. “Do I have any regrets? Yes, not being able to enjoy the emotion of the final because of what happened before the game,” the Viola coach said. “Unfortunately this is what our soccer is like. There is incredulity at the situation. This way we’ll lose many more players, as it’s only normal they will seek other paths. It certainly could’ve been a better day of sport. There was everything needed to offer a different spectacle.”

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