Lazio sporting director Igli Tare defended star striker Ciro Immobile after yesterday’s argument with Torino president Urbano Cairo.

Speaking in an interview with Italian news outlet Adnkronos earlier today, the 47-year-old sporting director touched on the Biancocelesti striker’s strong personal qualities.

Ciro is not just a footballer. He is not just a Lazio striker. He arrived on tiptoes, in silence. Today, for him, the 150 goals scored in our shirt speak for themselves. Yet Ciro Immobile is not just that.

He has been proclaimed ‘King Ciro’ by his people, by those of us who work with him every day.

Ciro is a humble king who works by example, a man who sacrifices and loves our club, his team-mates, his fans and his wonderful family.

Tare highlighted how the 31-year-old Italian striker is a model professional and an incredible role model.

Ciro Immobile is not only the King of goals, but also the King of values. The same values that are often forgotten.

For the club it is a source of pride to have a real man in the dressing room who has become a reference point in the Biancoceleste family and a flag for the Lazio people, giving body and soul for our shirt, embodying, on and off the pitch, the values of respect, loyalty and professionalism.

Yesterday’s 0-0 draw with Torino was incredibly disappointing for the Biancocelesti, and this frustration was evident after the final whistle.

Granata president Urbano Cairo was seen in the stands being pulled away by his staff after having an argument with Lazio president Claudio Lotito.

The two’s poor relationship is no secret and wasn’t helped by the circumstances surrounding this game. The match was postponed after the Granata suffered a serious outbreak of Covid-19 in their squad, but because they’d already postponed the match prior, should have technically still played the match.

Immobile claimed on Instagram after the match that Cairo had verbally assaulted him outside the Lazio dressing room, which led to a response from the Italian businessman.

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