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Atalanta boss Gasperini denies slapping Sampdoria official after sending off

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini denied slapping an official from opponents Sampdoria after being sent off during his side's 2-1 win in Serie A on Sunday.

Gasperini, ordered from the touchline at Sampdoria's Luigi Ferraris stadium for protesting about a penalty awarded to the home side, said afterwards that, as he had walked down the tunnel, Sampdoria club secretary Massimo Ienca was in his way.

"I know Ienca well, he was in front of me and blocking the passageway. I just nudged him aside," Gasperini...