Luciano Spalletti Avoids Touchline Ban & Fined After Inter Appeal Sanction for Excessive Celebration

Inter manager Luciano Spalletti will not face a touchline ban after an appeal against his punishment for excessive celebration against Sampdoria was successful.

Spalletti was due to serve his touchline ban for the Serie A clash against Fiorentina on Tuesday night. However, news emerged on Monday that Inter would appeal against this decision in the hope that their manager would be available for the game.

Fortunately for Inter and Spalletti, their appeal has proven successful and the touchline ban has been lifted, as reported by Gianluca DiMarzio, meaning that the Nerazzurri will have the presence of their manager to instruct them throughout the game.

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Despite this, the Italian manager has not escaped without punishment and must pay a fine of €5,000 for his touchline transgressions. 

?After a poor start to the Serie A season for Inter, it looked to be another frustrating evening for Spalletti’s side as the clock struck the 90 minute mark against Sampdoria. 

However, Marcelo Brozovi? spared his manager’s blushes in the 94th minute, scoring a winner right at the death. The relief and excitement was all too much for Spalletti as he turned to the camera and shouted in celebration. 

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As AFP reported, Spalletti had already been warned by the match officials for showing a “controversial attitude towards the fourth official” and for the use of “offensive expressions”.

The grandiose celebration of his side’s last minute goal was the last straw for the match day officials as Spalletti was sent to the stands for the last seconds of the match. 

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Inter vs Fiorentina Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battles, Team News & More

Ninth placed ?Internazionale take on third placed Fiorentina in a mid-week ?Serie A clash at the San Siro.

Inter have had a mixed start to the season. In the league, they’ve played five, won two, lost two and drawn one. However, they made a spectacular start to their ?Champions League campaign, defeating ?Tottenham Hotspur following a late comeback. 

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On the other hand, Fiorentina will be very pleased with their start to the season. The Viola have won three of their first five matches and find themselves in a Champions League spot.

Expectations were high for Inter coming into the start of the season, with some pundits arguing that they would be the only side to offer Juventus a genuine title challenge. Therefore they will have to turn around their poor form if they are to make this season a successful one.


Classic Encounter

Fiorentina 5-4 Internazionale (Serie A, April 2017)

The score-line speaks for itself, an absolute goal fest. The season was coming to a close, but there was still much to play for with Inter chasing a place in the Europa League.

The match sprung into life when Fiorentina’s Matias Vecino opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a left-footed shot. Inter quickly responded with goals from Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic which meant the Milan club led at half-time.

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In the second half, Fiorentina starlet Federico Bernardeschi missed a penalty to level the match, but shortly after Fiorentina went on a rampage. Goals from the late Davide Astori, another from Vecino and two goals from Khouma Babacar put Fiorentina 5-2 up and the game appeared to be over.

However, a late onslaught by Inter saw captain Mauro Icardi score two further goals to make it 5-4 going into stoppage time. Despite more pressure from Inter, Fiorentina were able to hold on for a famous victory.

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The loss proved crucial for Inter and cost them a place in European football the next season.


Key Battle

Mauro Icardi vs. German Pezzella

The big clash in this one is captain vs. captain, Argentinian vs Argentinian. 

Icardi was phenomenal for Inter last season and without him there is no way I Nerazzurri would be playing in the Champions League. Icardi was Serie A’s joint top-scorer last season with 29 goals and is Inter’s main attacking threat.

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Famed for his positional awareness and his sharp-shooting ability, it is crucial that Fiorentina keep the Argentinian quiet if they are to win this match. Inter’s captain is also famed for scoring late in the game, so manager Stefan Poli must ensure that his side stay focused throughout the entire 90 minutes.

The man tasked with stopping Icardi is centre-back German Pezzella. Pezzella was one of Fiorentina’s stand-out players last season, and has now been given the captaincy this season. 

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To add extra spice to the occasion, both Icardi and Pezzella were left out of Argentina’s World Cup squad, so both have an extra point to prove.


Team News

For Inter, Simo Vrsaljko is still not fit to play so it is expected Danilo D’Ambrosio will slot into his place on the right-side of the defence.

With few injury concerns, Inter manager is expected to name a fairly unchanged squad from the side that won late-on against Parma.

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For Fiorentina, 19-year-old midfielder Abdou Diakhate is the only player out injured, so they are expected to also name a full-strength side.


Predicted Line-ups

Fiorentina: Lafont; Milenkovic, Pezzella, Vitor Hugo; Benassi, Veretout, Gerson, Biraghi; Chiesa, Simeone, Pjaca.

Internazionale: Handanovic; D’Ambrosio, Skriniar, de Vrij, Dalbert; Brozovic, Gagliardini; Balde, Nainggolan, Perisic; Icardi.


Prediction

This is a hard one to call. Inter clearly have a squad with far more pedigree than their opponents, and if both teams are playing at their best then Inter would win convincingly.

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However, Inter have been so inconsistent of late, whereas Fiorentina are playing well and exceeding the sum of their parts in third place. This could turn out to be a closely fought contest. 

Predicted Scoreline: Internazionale 1-1 Fiorentina?

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Inter to Appeal Spalletti’s One-Match Ban for Excessively Celebrating Team Goal

Inter intend to appeal the decision to give Luciano Spalletti a one-match ban for his erratic celebrating on Saturday.

The manager was ordered to head to the stands after wildly celebrating his side’s 94th-minute winner against Sampdoria. And an official note stated that he had “showed a controversial attitude toward the fourth official.”

Replays, however, showed that his celebrations were actually aimed at the cameraman.

The Inter manager has since been handed a one-match ban, which the club have confirmed they will appeal against. Refereeing designator Nicola Rizzoli has also admitted the punishment was harsh.

“Undoubtedly we don’t always read situations in the best way,” Rizzoli said after the match.

“We need to understand what happened, but there can be no red card for just a celebration. We have to see how the game unfolded. The referee was a bit harsh.”

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Spalletti had already found himself in hot water this season, having received a warning after insulting referee Maurizio Mariani during Inter’s 1-0 loss to Sassuolo last month.

Should the appeal fail Spalletti will be absent from the dugout for Inter’s clash with Fiorentina at San Siro on Tuesday.

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Inter to Offer Captain Mauro Icardi Blockbuster New Deal as They Fend Off Continental Interest

??Internazionale goal machine and club captain ?Mauro Icardi is soon to be offered an improved contract by the Italian giants.

An integral piece of I Nerazzurri’s puzzle, the fan favourite fired his team to Champions League qualification last year. Scoring a joint high 29 domestic league goals, the Argentine split the Capocannoniere with Lazio’s Ciro Immobile. 

If Inter are to replicate last season’s heroics, they will need their main man to be on form yet again. ?Calcio Mercato relay information that a new incentive is to be given, as Suning Holding Group are to stump the cash that will allow for Icardi’s bumper deal. 

Scoring a wondrous equaliser against ?Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League opening matchday, Icardi will be entrusted to find his side the goals that would see them qualify for the competition’s round of 16 phase.


Joining Inter for a snip at €6.5m back in 2013, the former Sampdoria man recently reached 100 ?Serie A goals for the ?Milan-based club. 

It is suggested that Icardi will now earn just over that amount per annum, as a €1.5m yearly increase in wages would push him to a finalised sum of €6m — plus €800,000 in bonuses.

With rumoured interest from ?Chelsea and ?Real Madrid, Internazionale want to make sure that their star does not have his head turned in January. The striker is one of the most clinical in all of Europe, and this deal should ease fans’ nerves about a potential exit.

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Luciano Spalletti Says Inter Must ‘Always Live on the Edge’ Following 1-0 win Against Sampdoria

?Inter manager Luciano Spalletti said his team must ?always take risks and play with intensity if they are to continue their current winning ways.

Spalletti spoke following ?his team’s 1-0 win away against Sampdoria. Inter’s bad luck in the league looked destined to continue after Radja Nainggolan, and then Kwadwo Asamoah, both had goals disallowed. 

However Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovi? was able to steer a last minute winner in to the far corner bringing Inter their second win this week after another late goal on Tuesday against Tottenham.

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Spalletti told DAZN, as quoted by ?Football Italia“This way of winning shows the character of this team, which keeps fighting for every ball and stays in the game. It might mean taking a few risks, but we are Inter and we must always live on the edge to get a victory.

“Seeing this passion gives me greater strength to go forward and I’m glad that element is here rather than the tactics, as those will come with time.

“We took this issue of character to each and every player individually to make sure it was absorbed the right way.”

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Spalletti appeared annoyed and frustrated by the fact his team had two disallowed goals in the game. The first one was disallowed by VAR for offside from a free kick in the build up to the goal and the second was because the linesman ruled the ball had went out of play before Perisic could pull it back for Asamoah.

Spalletti was sent off in the final minute of the game for his celebrations for the goal. Spalletti screamed in to a television camera and was dismissed for dissent. 


He commented on this by saying: “I turned towards the television camera to shout goal and the fourth official told me I had done so with excessive impetus.

“I had turned towards the camera because it was an important goal, but they interpreted it as an excessively emotional reaction.”

?Inter don’t have long to enjoy their win as they play high flyers Florentina at home on Tuesday. 

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