Former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini went into a fit of rage on Tuesday night as he accused Napoli manager, Maurizio Sarri of homophobic slur during a tense Coppa Italia game.
Mancini’s Inter Milan won the game 2-0 but it was marred by the touchline bust-up between the two managers as Mancini claimed Sarri had called him a ‘f*****’ and a ‘p***’ during the latter stages of the game at the Stadio San Paulo.
Speaking after the game, Mancini said: “Sarri should be drummed out of football. I got up to ask the fourth official why there were five minutes of added time.
“Sarri then got up and shouted ‘p***’ and ‘f****’ at me. I would be proud to be that if he is what’s considered a man.
“I am not remotely interested in talking about the game. A 60-year-old man who acts like this is shameful. You can argue, but this is shameful.
“I went to find him in the locker room and he apologized, but I want him to be ashamed of what he said. In England someone like him wouldn’t even be allowed to set foot on the touchline,” he told RAI Sport.
Sarri, on his part, refused to deny or confirm if he used homophobic words on his Inter Milan counterpart.
“I can’t remember it’s possible. I was fired up and angry, so I’m not sure what I said. Adrenaline does strange things to people and can trip you up. As far as I’m concerned, it was part of the game and at the 90th minute it’s all over.
“Am I homophobic? That seems over the top. I was just irritable,” Sarri said.