Torino president Urbano Cairo responded to Lazio striker Ciro Immobile’s comments on social media after yesterday’s goalless draw.
As seen on Cairo’s Instagram page earlier today, the Italian businessman replied to the 31-year-old Italian’s accusations that Cairo went to the Lazio dressing room after the final whistle to confront Immobile, where a verbal spat then took place.
Earlier that evening, Cairo was seen in the stands being pulled back by his staff after an apparent argument with Lazio president Claudio Lotito.
The pair’s poor relationship is public knowledge and the circumstances surrounding this match only served to increase the tension.
The game was originally postponed after Torino failed to field a squad for the match, having suffered a serious outbreak of Covid-19 in the squad. Because they’d already postponed the prior match against Sassuolo, the rules stated that they should have played.
Lazio tried and failed to get a 3-0 default win in the courts, leaving yesterday’s goalless draw to be the ultimately anticlimactic ending to the saga.
Cairo responded to Immobile on Instagram, saying:
Ciro Immobile attacked me from his Instagram profile after the match against Lazio. I replied to his post and I’ll publish the text here as well. Ciro Immobile accuses me of confronting him at the end of the match and he claims that everyone knows who Ciro Immobile is.
Well: I also know who Ciro Immobile is. A footballer who came to Torino after a disappointing season at Genoa to relaunch himself. Ventura gave him confidence and he did well at Toro.
I thought he would gladly stay at least another year and he, Ciro Immobile, instead did the devil’s own thing to go to Borussia Dortmund. He had another disappointing season and Borussia loaned him to Sevilla.
Ciro Immobile didn’t do well there either, so he called me and asked me to please come back to Toro. I, who was fond of him, satisfied him. He didn’t do well in the second half of the season, but I was very fond of him and I wanted to redeem him anyway.
But this time Ciro Immobile didn’t call me personally, but he told me that for personal reasons he couldn’t stay in Turin. So, I didn’t buy him back because I understood who Ciro Immobile is.