An Italian youth soccer coach was fired Monday after posting a lewd comment about Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg.
Tommaso Casalini, an assistant coach of the Serie D club Grosseto, wrote the appalling comment on Facebook, which has since been deleted.
“This w****! A 16-year-old can take a pounding, she’s at the right age,” he wrote.
Casalini was promptly fired over the remark, with the club stating he was “not acting in line with the club, who focus on moral values even more than technical values,” according to Football Italia.
Casalini later apologized, saying:
“I’d like to publicly apologise to everyone, starting with Greta Thunberg, for the post I wrote on Facebook last week. It was an outburst written in a moment of anger against the young Swedish activist with absolutely the wrong language and content I regret.”
“I never thought or could never have really thought about certain things, especially a minor. However, when you make a mistake then it’s only right that you take responsibility for your mistakes,” he added.
“Therefore I willingly accept Grosseto’s decision to remove me from my role as assistant Coach of the Giovanissimi A, and I apologise to the club for the obvious embarrassment caused by my gesture.”