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'He shouted ‘poof’ and ‘faggot’ at me - Roberto Mancini accuses Napoli manager of homophobia in touchline row

'Am I homophobic? That seems over the top. I was just irritable'

Tom Sheen

Published 20/01/2016 | 10:56

Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini
Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini

Internazionale manager Roberto Mancini has accused Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri of using homophobic language during a touchline row.

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The former Manchester City also claimed his fellow Italian was "a racist" after Inter won their Coppa Italia quarter-final 2-0.

Mancini, who was later sent to the stands, claimed that Sarri shouted "poof" and "faggot" at him.

"In England, someone like him wouldn't even be allowed on the touchline," Mancini told Rai Sport.

“The confrontation on the touchline? You have to ask Sarri about that, he is a racist," Mancini told Rai Sport. 

"People like him do not belong in football. He used racist words. I stood up to ask about the five minutes being added on and Sarri shouted ‘poof’ and ‘faggot’ at me. I would be proud to be that if he is what’s considered a man.”

“People like him should not be in football. He is 60 years old. The fourth official heard but didn’t say anything. He came to see me in the changing room to apologise but he should really be ashamed of himself.”

Maurizio Sarri denied he was homophobic

Internazionale booked their semi-final place thanks to goals from Stevan Jovetic and Adem Ljajic.

"I went to find Sarri in the locker room and he apologised, but I want him to be ashamed of what he said," added Mancini.

"People like him cannot be in football. If not, it never gets better."

Sarri, 57, claimed to not remember exactly what he had said and that he had "heard worse" on a football pitch.

"These are things that should end on the field," Sarri told Rai Sport. "I apologised to him, but I expect him to apologise, too. A fight on the pitch should end after 10 seconds.

"I was fired up and angry, so I'm not sure what I said. I will admit it wasn't the right tone to take.

"I was not discriminating against anyone. If I did indeed use those words, then I apologise to the gay community."

(© Independent News Service)

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