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Sampdoria coach Mihajlovic suspended for 2 matches

December 5, 2014

MILAN (AP) — Sampdoria coach Sinisa Mihajlovic was suspended for two matches on Friday following his actions at the end of an Italian Cup game.

Mihajlovic was sent off minutes from the end of Thursday’s 2-0 win over Brescia and has been punished for “using a disrespectful expression toward the fourth official” and “throwing the contents of a bottle of water at him, thus assuming an intimidating attitude.”

Mihajlovic will miss the next match against Inter Milan and would also be banned if Sampdoria progresses to the quarterfinals against either Napoli or Udinese.

The 45-year-old Mihajlovic has asked the club to fine him and hand the money docked from his salary to the Istituto Gaslini to help the hospital buy a ventilator.

The Serbian has apologized to his players and will take the squad out to dinner at a place of their choosing.

“They will be the ones to tell me when and where, I will pay because this is our way of facing situations,” Mihajlovic said. “What I ask of them, I ask of myself first of all, so it’s the right thing to do.”

Sampdoria has appealed against the ban.

“I want to reiterate that I did not offend or insult the fourth official,” Mihajlovic said. “I asked for explanations, perhaps getting the tone wrong, for more than one incident and these explanations were never given for me.

“As everyone knows, I never comment on refereeing decisions or action replays after the games, whether good or bad. I am one of the few who does that and I always tell my players not to talk about referees in interviews. I consider these choices to be a show of respect for the officials and this is why I want respect when I go up to them to get explanations about their decisions on the pitch.”

Mihajlovic took charge at Sampdoria in November 2013 and steered it to a 12th-place finish. Samp is currently fifth.

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