A FOOTBALL coach in Italy has been sacked for a vile rant calling 16-year-old climate change activist Greta Thunberg a "w***e" who is old enough to "take a pounding".
Tommaso Casalini was given the axe from his role at Serie D side US Grosseto 1912 for his sick attack after Thunberg delivered a passionate speech at the UN.
2 Tommaso Casalini was sacked as coach of the Italian Serie D side
The young Swedish activist grabbed the world's attention last month when she addressed the UN climate action summit and hit out at world leaders for their "empty words."
But Casalini was far from impressed and used a Facebook post to slam her intervention.
He wrote: “This w***e! A 16-year-old can take a pounding, she’s at the right age.”
US Grosseto 1912 play in the country's fourth tier and local media report the club sacked the manager shortly after the post was made.
The club wrote: “Unione Sportiva Grosseto 1912 communicates the dismissal of the assistant trainer, the very young Tommaso Casalini for behaviour that does not keep in line with the one laid out by the company that values morals over management skills."
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After his dismissal from the club, Casalini made a second post apologising and assuring he regretted the entire incident.
Casalini wrote: “I would like to publicly apologize to everyone, starting with Greta Thunberg, for the post I wrote on Facebook last week, containing the phrase: 'This w***e! A 16-year-old can take a pounding, she’s at the right age.'
"It was a post written in a moment of anger against the young Swedish activist, with absolutely the wrong language and with content that I regret. I have never thought or could never really think about those things, especially with regards to a minor.
"However, when one makes a mistake, it is right that one takes responsibility for that mistake, so I willingly accept the decision of U.S. Grosseto to remove me from my role as assistant coach of the Giovanissimi A, and I apologise to the club for the obvious embarrassment provoked by my gesture."
2 Tommaso Casalini responded to Greta Thunberg's speech at the UN climate summitCredit: Reuters