Serie D side Grosseto have sacked youth coach Tommaso Casalini after he wrote a Facebook post suggesting 16-year-old activist Greta Thunberg could “take a pounding”.
Thunberg has gained international recognition for her campaign on climate change, appearing on the cover of Time magazine and labelled as a “next generation leader”.
But her actions have sparked a sickening response from Casalini, who also labelled her a ‘w***e’.
“This w***e! A 16-year-old can take a pounding, she’s at the right age,” Casalini, who was the assistant coach of Grosseto’s Giovanissimi A team, wrote on Facebook.
According to Football Italia, Grosetto made the decision to sack Casalini for “not acting in line with the club, who focus on moral values even more than technical values.”
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Casalini later apologised for his remarks.
“I’d like to publicly apologise to everyone, starting with Greta Thunberg, for the post I wrote on Facebook last week,” he said.
“It was an outburst written in a moment of anger against the young Swedish activist with absolutely the wrong language and content I regret.
“I never thought or could never have really thought about certain things, especially a minor.
“However, when you make a mistake then it’s only right that you take responsibility for your mistakes.
“Therefore I willingly accept Grosseto’s decision to remove me from my role as assistant Coach of the Giovanissimi A, and I apologise to the club for the obvious embarrassment caused by my gesture.”
Thunberg blasted world leaders for “failing” young people at a powerful speech at the UN last week.
“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words,” the teenager said.
"The eyes of all future generations are upon you.
"And if you choose to fail us, I say we will never forgive you.
"We will not let you get away with this.
"Right here, right now is where we draw the line."News Now - Sport News