Roberto Mancini blasts 'racist' rival who called him a 'poof'

Rome: Furious Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini blasted Napoli counterpart Maurizio Sarri a 'racist' and claimed his rival called him a 'poof' following a fiery finish to Inter's 2-0 Italian Cup victory on Tuesday.

Roberto Mancini
Roberto Mancini

Mancini and Sarri clashed on the touchline after Adem Ljajic killed off the quarter-final tie at the San Paolo stadium in Naples in injury time to add to Stevan Jovetic's opener.

"Maurizio Sarri is a racist and men like him have no place in football," fumed Mancini to RAI TV after the game.

"He used racist words. He started insulting me and then shouted at me, calling me a poof." Mancini said Sarri had used the words 'frocio' and 'finocchio', both pejorative terms meaning homosexual. The Inter coach added: 'But if he's a man then I'd be proud to be a poof.

From someone like him, who's 60, I can't accept that, he should be ashamed. "You have the right to argue, but not like that. I went to see him in the changing rooms and he apologised. But I told him that in England, he wouldn't be allowed to set foot on a pitch again."

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