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Udinese need a united front

Published: Friday 21 October 2005, 17.36CET
Incidents in the midweek draw against Werder Bremen have raised the tension as Udinese Calcio prepare to play host to FC Internazionale Milano.
by Richard Aikman
from Udine

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Published: Friday 21 October 2005, 17.36CET

Udinese need a united front

Incidents in the midweek draw against Werder Bremen have raised the tension as Udinese Calcio prepare to play host to FC Internazionale Milano.
Incidents in this week's UEFA Champions League draw against Werder Bremen have raised the tension as Udinese Calcio prepare to play host to FC Internazionale Milano.

Angry gestures
Antonio Di Natale and David Di Michele apologised to the club last night after both giving vent to outbursts in Tuesday's match against Bremen. Di Michele apologised after hurling his training top away after being substituted an hour into the game.

Di Natale outburst
However, it was Di Natale's gesture after he scored his side's terrific equaliser with ten minutes remaining that really made the headlines. As he celebrated his goal, he raced over to the Udinese dug-out and appeared to point a finger and shout at someone on the bench.

Intolerable behaviour
Whether the intended target was his strike partner Di Michele or coach Serse Cosmi remains a topic for debate, but Cosmi made it clear that he was not about to accept such displays from his players, saying: "I cannot and will not tolerate that sort of behaviour and it will be dealt with internally.

'Their problem'
"It's such a shame that some people can't be happy after scoring," he added. "When my team scores I enjoy it. I'm happy. But some people aren't. We're here to celebrate - it's the UEFA Champions League after all. But some people are sad. That's their problem."

Missed chance
Both Di Natale and Di Michele held 'clear-the-air' talks with Udinese director general Pietro Leonardi, although the atmosphere would have been significantly easier had Di Natale managed to find the target with a late chance which could have given his side a dramatic - but probably unmerited - victory.

Inter visit
Now they will be hoping to present a united front as Inter visit the Friuli stadium. The Milanese giants will know a thing or two about what disgruntled players can do having recently had to deal with striker Adriano going absent without leave while on a trip to Brazil.

Adriano row
Adriano caused ill feeling after returning so late from a trip back to his homeland that he missed last weekend's Serie A game against AS Livorno Calcio. He has since apologised, paying a self-imposed fine, and will be keen to demonstrate his contrition further by helping his side on Sunday.

Candela confident
Udinese, meanwhile, can draw level on points with Inter if they beat them at the Friuli stadium and Vincent Candela for one is confident of success. "It will be a hard game but an enjoyable one," he said. "I always enjoy the big games and we have every intention of winning."

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