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Lecce parts ways with manager D'Aversa after head-butting incident in Verona match

Posted : 11 March 2024

Lecce has terminated the contract of manager Roberto D'Aversa following his actions during their recent match against Hellas Verona, where he head-butted opposing player Thomas Henry after their 1-0 home defeat on Sunday.


The club issued a statement expressing condemnation for the incident and announced D'Aversa's dismissal. The 48-year-old manager and Henry were both shown red cards for their roles in the altercation. D'Aversa, who took charge of Lecce in June 2023, later apologized, citing continuous provocation towards his players in the closing stages of the game.


In response to the post-match events, U.S. Lecce released an official statement, stating, "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 decision comes as a consequence of the manager's inappropriate conduct and its impact on the team's image. Despite D'Aversa's regretful acknowledgment and explanation of the players facing provocation, the club opted for a decisive action in parting ways with him.


Lecce's decision follows a season where the team has struggled, winning only five out of 28 league games. Currently in 15th place with 25 points, just one point above the relegation zone, the club faces a precarious situation in Serie A.


Meanwhile, Hellas Verona's victory propelled them to 13th place with 26 points, surpassing Lecce in the league standings. The incident involving D'Aversa has not only affected his coaching career but has also added further challenges for Lecce in their battle against relegation.


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