May 08, 2023 at 9:09 PMUpdate: 3 minutes ago
Sampdoria was relegated from Serie A on Monday after eleven seasons. The club of Dutchmen Sam Lammers and Bram Nuytinck lost 2-0 at Udinese and can no longer avoid relegation in the remaining four matches.
In the duel with Udinese, Nuytinck was in the base of Sampdoria and Lammers came on in the final phase. Roberto Pereyra and Adam Masina scored in the first half for Udinese, where Dutchman Marvin Zeegelaar was in the starting line-up.
Sampdoria, which became national champion in 1991, had a turbulent season. Supporters of the Genoa club were angry at the performance and turned against club president Massimo Ferrero. A severed pig’s head was placed on the steps of the office and Ferrero received a letter bomb.
A week ago, the fans, players and coaching staff revolted against the club management. Lammers and Nuytinck supported the protest. Around the competition match with Torino, the players posed with a large banner with the text ‘Hands off Sampdoria’.
Extra painful for Sampdoria: fellow townsman and rival Genoa secured promotion to Serie A two days earlier. The team with Kevin Strootman had been relegated from the highest class in Italy a year earlier.
The Sampdoria players supported the supporters’ protest. Photo: Getty Images