Lazio chief slams Siena loss
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Lazio club officials have slammed the players after their 3-0 loss against Siena, while Dejan Stankovic has apologised for his dismissal during the match.
General director Giuseppe De Mita said that he was ashamed of the performance and apologised to the fans for the display.
"We are ashamed for what happened and we want to apologise to our supporters," said De Mita.
"A few players haven't behaved properly and we will make our evaluations.
"Stankovic? I'm not referring only to him.
"Will he miss the Juve match? I hope that's the only one.
"Siena deserved the win. It's worrying the lack of reaction at the beginning of the second half."
Stankovic was dismissed after confronting the linesman during the match and the Serbian now faces a one-match ban at least.
Stankovic has apologised to the club and their fans for his red card but says that he will stay with the squad and try to help if he can.
"The episode in which I've been involved in has been really bad, but I didn't understand how it was possible that the linesman could not have seen the foul by my opponent," said Stankovic.
"I apologise to the club, the coach, my team-mates and all the supporters.
"I'll probably leave Lazio for a couple of matches but I will be close to them, trying to give my help."
Stankovic's reaction has been the latest symptom of Lazio's nervousness in a difficult period for the Roman side.
"Lazio are living a really difficult moment. In Siena we played badly and we can't continue in this way, we must find again the tranquillity and the spirit we had last season.
"Our supporters deserve results and we must repay their faith in us by guaranteeing we give more effort to win games.
"We are 25 players: now we have to stop talking about our aims, and work in silence to try to qualify into the next UEFA Champions League round."