- Giuseppe Raffaele, a manager in Serie C, did the unthinkable after tackling an opposition player during a match
- The manager's Calcio Catania side was leading 2-1 and faced an attack in the last minute
- Raffaele has now received a four-game ban for his actions
Giuseppe Raffaele, a manager in Serie C, received a four-game ban for the most bizarre reason after he decided to tackle an opposition player during a last minute counter attack.
Calcio Catania coach Giuseppe Raffaele will now have to oversee his side’s next three games from the stands after his actions, which will be perceived as heroic by his team, but sinister by opposition.
The incident occurred in the 91st minute on Wednesday, November 18, during a game involving Catania and Vibonese.
Raffaele’s Catania were leading 2-1 on the day and were clinging on to an important lead when Vibonese got a counter attack and pushed forward for what would possibly be the final attack of the match.
The attack was intercepted but a Vibonese player was able to quickly win the ball back with a superb slide tackle on the touchline, yards away from Raffaele.
Before the player could create an attacking opportunity, however, the manager cheekily dangled out his foot to trip the player and win the ball in what was an odd scene from first sight.
The referee was left with no choice but to brandish a red card to the manager, but damage was already done as his bizarre tackle slowed down opposition’s momentum and ultimately killed the game off.
The win was crucial for Catania, who lie 10th in Group C of the third tier of Italian football.
Online users who spotted the incident instantly likened it to a similar one where Jose Mourinho emerged from the touchline to ruthlessly taking out singer Olly Murs at Soccer Aid in 2014.
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The Swedish striker has hit top form in the new season scoring eight goals in AC Milan's opening five games including three braces.
The 39-year-old is the main reason the Rossoneri are on top of the Serie A table with five wins and two draws from seven matches.
Mourinho has worked with the former Barcelona star during his spell with Inter Milan and Manchester United.
The duo won the Europa League, FA Cup and the Community Shield together during their spell at Old Trafford.
It is understood that Mourinho tried to reunite with the Swede at Tottenham before he rejoined San Siro giants Milan.
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