Journalist sexually harassed by Fiorentina fan after Empoli win

The ODG Toscana reporter Greta Beccaglia was sexually harassed by a Fiorentina fan outside the stadium after the 2-1 defeat to Empoli.

The incident took place on live TV and during the days of Serie A’s ‘a red card to violence’ campaign.

Why Serie A players have a red mark on their cheeks

Players in Serie A this weekend are sporting a red mark on their cheeks as part of the campaign challenging violence against women and spreading awareness of an anti-stalking hotline.

But when the female journalist tried to get reactions from the Fiorentina fans after the defeat in the Tuscan derby, she was met by sexually harassing gestures.

He colleague only told her ‘don’t get it on camera’ and didn’t condemn the gesture and the harasser.

The Order of Journalists of Tuscany, however, condemns what happened and expressed full solidarity with journalist Beccaglia, who was immediately called by the President of the Order of Journalists of Tuscany, Giampaolo Marchini.

Tuttomercatoweb reports the Order of Journalists of Tuscany reiterates that the time has come to stop ‘minimising and recalls that violence against women is above all a cultural and social problem’.

Image: Screenshot Toscana TV 

Serie A Highlights: Empoli 2-1 Fiorentina

Empoli completed a shock comeback with two goals in three minutes to stun Fiorentina in the Tuscan derby, despite another Dusan Vlahovic strike.

The Viola had most of the early play, a deflected Giacomo Bonaventura effort bouncing off the crossbar, before Jose Callejon put the ball across for Vlahovic to come sliding in.

Serie A | Empoli 2-1 Fiorentina: Tuscan derby turnaround

It was the Serbian’s 28th Serie A goal scored in 2021.

However, Empoli turned it all around in the final minutes, as Nedim Bajrami first saw his cross flapped into the path of Filippo Bandinelli, then sent Andrea Pinamonti through for the winner moments later.

Serie A | Empoli 2-1 Fiorentina: Tuscan derby turnaround

Empoli completed an extraordinary turnaround with two goals in the final three minutes to shock Fiorentina, who had taken the lead through Dusan Vlahovic.

This Tuscan derby was between an Empoli side who perform better away and a Viola side who only succeed at home, fresh from beating leaders Milan 4-3. Bartlomiej Dragowski, Erick Pulgar and Matija Nastasic were still out of action for the visitors, with Nico Gonzalez only fit for the bench.

Cristiano Biraghi saw an early snapshot beaten away, Jose Callejon unable to turn in the rebound.

Guglielmo Vicario palmed away a Riccardo Saponara curler and on the resulting corner, Lucas Martinez-Quarta was unable to keep his shot down.

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Giacomo Bonaventura’s cross was deflected off Parisi and looped up to bounce off the crossbar. Saponara also whipped a ball across the six-yard box, Dusan Vlahovic sliding in a moment too late.

The move was repeated on 57 minutes, this time with Jose Callejon making the cross, but this time Vlahovic timed his run perfectly to finish from close range.

It was the Serbian’s 28th Serie A goal of 2021, making him the most prolific ever Fiorentina player in a single calendar year, after Kurt Hamrin got 27 in 1960.

Bonaventura’s effort was palmed away and Nikola Milenkovic nodded wide, but Empoli suddenly came out of their shells in the final minutes.

Nedim Bajrami was responsible for much of it, as he whipped in a cross from the right, Terracciano could only get a glove to it and Filippo Bandinelli kept his cool to turn in the rebound from close range, reacting quicker than anyone else. Bandinelli is a lifelong Fiorentina fan and product of their youth academy.

Moments later, Bajrami again surged forward down the right and rolled it across the face of goal for Andrea Pinamonti to control and sweep in from 10 yards.

Empoli 2-1 Fiorentina

Vlahovic 57 (F), Bandinelli 87 (E), Pinamonti 89 (E)

Why Serie A players have a red mark on their cheeks

Players in Serie A this weekend are sporting a red mark on their cheeks as part of a campaign challenging violence against women and spreading awareness of an anti-stalking hotline.

Every year for several seasons now, the Lega Serie A has participated in the campaign Un Rosso Alla Violenza – A red card to violence.

Players were also urged to contribute via social media with their wives and partners, showing the women wearing red lipstick and the same shade smeared on the cheeks of the star names.

The captains have a special edition armband this weekend also referencing the campaign.

There is a special hotline in Italy for women to report stalking or violence, the phone number is 1522.

Calls to that hotline rose by 79.5 per cent over the last calendar year.

Italy was shocked by an incident earlier this month in Sassuolo, where a man killed his ex-wife, their two children and his mother-in-law before killing himself.

He had been under a restraining order, but broke it to commit the massacre.

The only survivor was the woman’s 11-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, who was at school at the time.

Liveblog: Serie A Wk14 Super Saturday

Join us for all the build-up and action as it happens from today’s four Serie A games, Sampdoria-Verona, Empoli-Fiorentina, Juventus-Atalanta and Venezia-Inter.

We begin today at 14.00 UK time with Samp-Verona and Empoli-Fiorentina.

Expect goals as two of Serie A’s best strikers, Giovanni Simeone and Dusan Vlahovic will feature in those matches.

Simeone has scored nine goals so far, Vlahovic has ten, the same as Ciro Immobile.

Verona are unbeaten in the last five matches but have never won away from home, while Sampdoria have only collected one victory at home this season.

Fiorentina are the only Italian team not to have ever picked up a draw this term and Empoli only have one stalemate. On paper, the Tuscan derby will go one way or another.

Juventus host Atalanta at 17.00 UK time. The Bianconeri have the worst attacking record among Serie A’s top 10 with only 18 goals scored. They sit four points behind Atalanta who sit fourth.

Simone Inzaghi is expected to rotate his Inter squad in Venice tonight.

It kicks off at 19.45 UK time. Ivan Perisic and Matteo Darmian could rest with Denzel Dumfries and Federico Dimarco starting out wide and Joaquin Correa replacing Lautaro Martinez up front.

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Probable Serie A line-ups: Juventus-Atalanta, Venezia-Inter and more

There are four games scheduled for today in Serie A, take a look at the possible line-ups for Saturday’s matches in Italy’s top flight.

We start at 14.00 UK time with the Tuscan derby between Empoli-Fiorentina at the Stadio Castellani and Sampdoria-Verona.

Juventus host Atalanta at 17.00, while Inter visit Venezia at the Stadio Penzo at 19.45.

Probable line-ups: 

Sampdoria v Verona (full preview)

Hellas Verona (3-4-2-1): Montipò; Dawidowicz, Gunter, Casale; Faraoni, Miguel Veloso, Ilic, Lazovic; Caprari, Barak; Simeone

Sampdoria (4-4-2): Audero; Bereszynski, Yoshida, Colley, Augello; Candreva, Ekdal, Adrien Silva, Thorsby; Caputo, Quagliarella

Empoli v Fiorentina (full preview)

Empoli: Vicario; Stojanjovic, S Romagnoli, Luperto, Parisi; Zurkowski, S Ricci, Bandinelli; Henderson; Di Francesco, Pinamonti

Fiorentina (4-3-3): Terracciano; Odriozola, Milenkovic, Martinez Quarta, Biraghi; Bonaventura, Torreira, Castrovilli; Sottil, Vlahovic, Saponara

Juventus v Atalanta (full preview)

Juventus: Szczesny; Cuadrado, Bonucci, de Ligt, Pellegrini; McKennie, Locatelli, Rabiot, Chiesa; Morata, Dybala.

Atalanta: Musso; Toloi, Palomino, Djimsiti; Zappacosta, de Roon, Freuler, Maehle; Pessina; Zapata, Muriel.

Venezia v Inter

Venezia: Romero; Mazzocchi, Caldara, Ceccaroni, Haps; Ampadu, Vacca, Busio; Aramu, Henry, Okereke.

Inter: Handanovic; Skriniar, Ranocchia, Bastoni; Darmian, Gagliardini, Brozovic, Calhanoglu, Dimarco; Dzeko, Lautaro.

Serie A Preview | Empoli vs. Fiorentina:  expect spectacular Tuscan derby

Empoli and Fiorentina are among the most entertaining Serie A teams this season, so we’ll likely see many goals at the Stadio Castellani.

Fiorentina are the only Italian team not to have ever picked up a draw this term and Empoli only have one stalemate. On paper, the Tuscan derby will go one way or another.

Patrick Cutrone is not fully fit for Empoli, so he should start on the bench.

Fiorentina have Matija Nastasic, Marco Benassi and Erik Pulgar on the treatment table. Bartlomiej Dragowski is close to returning after an injury but hasn’t been called up for the Empoli clash.

Fiorentina star striker Dusan Vlahovic will be looking for his 11th goal in Serie A this term. He is the joint-top scorer in Italy’s top-flight along with Lazio’s Ciro Immobile.

Form Guide: Empoli (L D W L W) Fiorentina (W L W L W)

Stat fact: Empoli won three of the last five Serie A games against Fiorentina. One more than in the previous 17 matches where they collected two victories, seven draws and eight losses.

Probable line-ups

Empoli (4-3-1-2): Vicario; Stojanjovic, S Romagnoli, Luperto, Parisi; Zurkowski, S Ricci, Bandinelli; Henderson; Di Francesco, Pinamonti

Suspended: none

Injured: none

On a yellow card: none

Fiorentina (4-3-3): Terracciano; Odriozola, Milenkovic, Martinez Quarta, Biraghi; Bonaventura, Torreira, Castrovilli; Sottil, Vlahovic, Saponara

Suspended: none

Injured: Nastasic, Benassi, Pulgar, Dragowski

On a yellow card: Bonaventura, Odriozola