Inter Milan striker Antonio Cassano has launched a scathing attack on Juventus boss Antonio Conte.
“He’s suspended for failing to report match-fixing. If he talks to me about morality then it’s the end of the world.”
The row erupted after Conte was asked about Cassano during an online chat with fans, suggesting he was “all talk” and not the kind of player he wanted in Turin.
“Conte said I’m all talk? I’m not the one who is suspended for failing to report match-fixing…” the Inter striker told Sport Mediaset.
“I have done many silly things in my career, the so-called ‘Cassanate,’ for which I have also been banned.
“However, if Conte starts talking to me about morality then it’s the end of the world.”
Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci had also hit back at Cassano for calling them ‘little soldiers’ ready to follow orders.
“I simply wanted to say that at Juve they are too professional in their approach. I have never been like that. I didn’t mean to offend them, but if they got angry about it, there’s not much I can do,” replied Cassano.
“I know Leo, he’s a good lad and cares so much about the Nazionale. He spoke the truth, I always have struggled to work hard and run for a whole game. I accept the comment because it remains within the football realm.”
Cassano shot down rumours that Mario Balotelli could make a return to Inter after his problems at Manchester City.
“There are so many strong players here, so we’ll stick with the ones we’ve got. Wesley Sneijder is a player who can make the difference and I’d want him in my team forever.
“He might be a tactical problem for Andrea Stramaccioni, but I want to play with Sneijder.”
Cassano has recently been dropped from the Italy squad after Cesare Prandelli defended his inclusion for Euro 2012.
“I haven’t heard from Prandelli, maybe it’s because I changed my phone number… In any case, I cheer on Italy and my dream is to take part in a World Cup, which is something I have never done.”