Fireworks in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday night where Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini accused Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri of racist and homophobic slurs following the quarter-final clash between the two sides in Naples.
Mancini was sent to the stands in the closing stages of Inter’s 2-0 victory, which saw them book their place in the semi-finals.
It was Adem Ljajic’s late goal which sparked the fracas on the touchline, which led to Mancini being sent off.
In his post match comments Mancini accused Sarri of making inappropriate remarks, alleging that the Napoli manager used Italian homophobic slurs “frocio” and “finocchio” towards him.
“Sarri is a racist and men like him should be drummed out of football, Mancini told Rai Sport.
“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.
“I am not remotely interested in talking about the game. He is a 60-year-old man, he should be ashamed. You can argue, but this is shameful.
“I went to find him and he apologised, but I told him he should be ashamed. In England he would not be allowed to set foot on the field.”
Sarri played down the incident, blaming his outburst on the “adrenaline” of the moment saying:
“Am I homophobic? That seems over the top. I was just irritable.”