Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini has accused Napoli chief Maurizio Sarri of racist and homophobic comments after the two team’s Copa Italia quarterfinal clash at Naples. Inter won 2-0.
Mancini, the former Man City boss, was sent in the stands during the dying minutes of the game. Inter has progressed to the semifinals of the tournament. He accused Sarri of using Italian slurs like “frocio” and “finocchio.”
“Sarri is a racist and men like him should be drummed out of football,” Mancini told Rai Sport after the match.
“I got up to ask the fourth official why there were five minutes of added time.
“Sarri then got up and shouted ‘frocio’ and ‘finocchio’ at me. I would be proud to be that, if he is what is considered a man.
“The fourth official heard everything but didn’t say a word and I was sent off. This incident overshadows the rest of the match and is an embarrassment,” Mancini added.
Adem Ljajic netted a late goal which sparked an exchange of heated comments at the sidelines. The former Premier League champion was in no mood to speak about the game in the post-match press conference but slammed his Napoli counterpart as a “homophobe.”
“Am I homophobic? That seems over the top. I was just irritable,” responded Sarri.