Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic announces he has leukemia
Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic said Saturday he has been diagnosed with leukaemia and vowed to fight in order to overcome the illness. A tearful Mihajlovic told a news conference that "I'll win it for my family, for my children, for all those who love me." The 50-year-old insisted "these are not tears of fear" and added: "I cannot wait to go to hospital and start the fight. It is aggressive, but it is beatable ... I am sure that I will win this battle."
Bologna coach Sinisa Mihajlovic says he has leukemia and will continue working while undergoing treatment.
The 50-year-old Mihajlovic announced the news at a press conference on Saturday.
An emotional Mihajlovic said: "When they told me, it was a huge shock. I spent two days in my room crying ... they are not tears of fear, I know I will win."
Mihajlovic said that he has regular tests as his father died of cancer. The leukemia was discovered shortly before pre-season training.
He added: "It's a treatable form, you can recover. And I will beat it."
Bologna team doctor Gianni Nanni said Mihajlovic has "acute leukemia" and that the Serbian coach will start treatment on Tuesday.
Mihajlovic replaced Filippo Inzaghi as Bologna coach in January and steered it from the Serie A relegation zone to a 10th-place finish.
Mihajlovic, who had a previous spell in charge at Bologna in 2008-09 for his managerial debut in Serie A, has also coached Catania, Fiorentina, Serbia's national team, Sampdoria, AC Milan and Torino.
Messages of support have been flooding in from other soccer clubs and players on social media.