Vlahovic’s move to Juventus has sparked the fury of Fiorentina supporters. Fiorentina and Juventus do have a long history of rivalry.
The rivalry between Fiorentina and Juventus has existed since the events “Better Seconds Than Thieves” (better finishing second than being a thief) in 1982. The two teams at that time competed fiercely for Scudetto and both collected 44 points towards the last week.
In the last match, Fiorentina had a goal disallowed for a push against the Cagliari goalkeeper and had to settle for a 0-0 draw. While Juventus who faced Catanzaro were accused of being protected because they were not punished, then instead got a penalty which won them 1-0.
The relationship between the two camps was getting hotter due to the transfer of Roberto Baggio in 1990. Lately the transfer between the two teams is still continuing, regardless of the relationship. Among them are Federico Bernardeschi and Federico Chiesa.
It’s just that the transfer of Vlahovic is considered to be on a different scale, thus triggering even louder protests.
“We are on television, so I have to try not to swear. It’s like a day of mourning in Florence. I was 15 when Roberto Baggio was sold to Juventus and I joined the protest at Piazza Savonarola,” former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi told reporters. La7 quoted Football Italia.
“I am very angry. Why do Fiorentina always have to sell everyone to Juventus? At least sell to other clubs,” he added.
Florence Mayor Dario Nardella has also voiced his disapproval.
“As a fan, I can’t deny that it’s disappointing to see our best player leave mid-season, especially joining a team that is our direct rival for a place in the Serie A table,” he told reporters. Gazzetta dello Sport quoted Football Italia.
“In general, this proves again that modern football is getting further away from its supporters and a sense of authenticity, run by figures who are too powerful. The romantic idea of a symbolic player is long gone, but there are still certain values and passions within the Viola’s fan base, sadly humiliated by this kind of situation,” continued Dario Nardella.
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