Monday, 16 April 2007

Spinelli defends Lucarelli outburst

Livorno chief Aldo Spinelli has jumped to the defence of Cristiano Lucarelli after he was jeered by fans during the draw with Reggina.

The captain was booed by the Amaranto fans, causing a furious reaction from the striker, as he stated that he would leave the club at the end of the season.

"How can you criticise a player like Lucarelli, who allowed us to stay in Serie A for three years in a row?" Spinelli told Radio Radio.

"Casting a doubt on what happened on the pitch hurt the captain. I think he loves this outfit so much that he was upset and offended," added the President, whose relationship with Lucarelli has always been fractious.

"I feel offended as well. We must keep Lucarelli and do everything we can to convince him to stay here. I know the supporters did not understand and did not accept the draw with Reggina.

"However, we have to remember that he turned down offers from big clubs like Palermo and Glasgow Rangers and chose to stay here in Livorno."

Spinelli also declared that he was pleased with the team’s performance, which allowed Livorno to remain 12th in the table.

"We played fairly well, our main goal was to avoid a defeat. I think the point we won yesterday was precious, although our fans did not agree.

"We played an intelligent match. We still need seven points to secure Serie A safety, we have always stated that was our main objective this season," concluded Spinelli.

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