Ex-Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri gives someone middle finger while managing Lazio

Former Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri spectacularly lost his cool, giving the middle finger during Lazio’s 2-0 victory over Verona.

On paper, the result presents a comfortable afternoon concluding with three very important home points at the Stadio Olimpico. Unfortunately, the usually cool and composed Italian erupted into a heap of flailing arms and vertical middle fingers.

The ‘SarriBall’ creator became incensed with a member of Verona’s coaching team during the contest. While he was successfully pushed away by one of his assistants, the 63-year-old did manage to sneak a middle finger into plain view while being ushered away.

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Ironically, Sarri praised his side’s patience against the now 14th placed Serie A side.

“It was a tough game,” he said to DAZN after the contest. “Last season we collected five points after the eight Europa League games and we averaged two points per game in the other matches. In the end, our season was affected by that [European matches].

“It is difficult for everyone to play in Europe, also abroad. Bayern got a 2-2 draw against a low-table team. It is difficult and last season, we made life even more challenging for ourselves. I am satisfied because it was a tough game.

“You need patience against Verona, especially if you don’t score immediately. They made 24-25 fouls throughout the game, we made something like five.”

Lazio secured the victory thanks to second half goals from Ciro Immobile and Luis Alberto. Sarri’s side currently reside in sixth position, just two points away from the Champions League places.

Sarri spent one season in charge of Chelsea before departing the club to join Juventus in the summer of 2019. He managed to win the Europa League, his first major trophy as a manager, before cementing a third placed finish with the west Londoners.

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