05/03/2012 07:05 EDT | Updated 07/03/2012 05:12 EDT

Fiorentina manager Delio Rossi's physical assault of his own player sparks outrage in Italy

FLORENCE, Italy - Fiorentina coach Delio Rossi's physical assault of one of his own players has sparked outrage in Italy, and the club has announced that club manager Vincenzo Guerini will take over the team.

Rossi was fired for slapping Adem Ljajic in the face after the Serbian forward protested his first-half substitution Wednesday during a 2-2 draw with Novara. The coach then had to be pulled away as it appeared he was lining up a punch.

Former Italy coach Arrigo Sacchi told Tgcom24 on Thursday that the act was "deplorable, but it's the consequence of the environment. The football system lives on excess and when everything is excessive reactions become that way, too."

The 59-year-old Guerini has formerly coached Fiorentina's youth squad.