Ivan Juric involved in controversy over alleged ‘threatening gesture’ towards Italiano in Torino-Fiorentina match

Torino coach Ivan Juric faces potential suspension after making a threatening gesture and uttering aggressive remarks towards Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Italiano during a match.

Ivan Juric Under Scrutiny
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Torino coach Ivan Juric could be facing a significant suspension following an incident where he made a ‘threatening gesture’ and uttered an aggressive phrase towards Fiorentina boss Vincenzo Italiano.

The tension between the two teams had been mounting throughout the match, exacerbated by the referee’s handling of the game, which reached a boiling point when Samuele Ricci received a second yellow card for dissent.

In the closing moments of regular time, Italiano’s protest over a free kick triggered an angry reaction from Juric. Torino’s team manager, Marco Pellegri, intervened to separate the two men, but Juric still made what was described as a ‘threatening’ gesture towards Italiano and uttered a phrase that Sky Sport Italia declined to repeat.

According to La Repubblica, the gesture involved a ‘throat-slitting’ motion accompanied by the phrase: “I’ll cut your throat.”

The incident was observed by the fourth official and members of the FIGC, responsible for documenting such events and imposing penalties on coaches. Juric subsequently moved a few meters away to watch the remainder of the match from the stands, with Torino supporters making space for him.

Torino President Urbano Cairo appeared to recognize the severity of the situation, quickly making his way to the touchline to offer reassurance to Italiano after the final whistle.

Ironically, Juric was already one yellow card away from a touchline ban and had previously been booked for dissent before the red card incident. Consequently, this incident could result in a lengthy ban for the Croatian coach.

Torino performance and stats

Torino

Manager: Ivan Juric
Rank 9th
Win 11
Draw 12
Loss 9
Goals 31-29
Diff 2

Torino is currently 10th in the Serie A with 37 points.

In the last 27 games, it has won 9 times, drawn 10 times, and lost 8 times. In its last match, Torino drawn 0-0 against Fiorentina.​​

It has a even goal difference after scoring 25 goals and conceding 25.​

Fiorentina performance and stats

Fiorentina

Manager: Andrade Davis Nicolas
Rank 10th
Win 12
Draw 8
Loss 11
Goals 43-36
Diff 7
Rank 1st
Win 3
Draw 3
Loss 0
Goals 14-6
Diff 8

Fiorentina is currently 7th in the Serie A with 42 points.

In the last 27 games, it has won 12 times, drawn 6 times, and lost 9 times. In its last match, Fiorentina drawn 0-0 against Torino.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 39 goals and conceding 30.​