Inter Milan won a heated match over Napoli, 2-0, on Tuesday, advancing to the semifinal of the Coppa Italia tournament.
Despite the important win, an altercation on the touchline overshadowed the match, as Inter boss Roberto Mancini was sent to the stands after exchanging words with the fourth official and Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri.
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After the match, Mancini was furious with his Napoli counterpart, calling Sarri a racist and criticizing the official for not taking action.
The confrontation on the touchline? You have to ask Sarri about that, he is a racist.
People like him does not belong in football. He used racist words.
People like him should not be in football. He is 60 years old. The fourth official heard but didn’t say anything. He came to see me in the changing room to apologise but he should really be ashamed of himself.
Mancini also accused Sarri of using homophobic slurs. When asked about the altercation, Sarri claimed “what is said on the pitch should stay on the pitch.”
While in charge of Empoli last season, Sarri was fined for making an inappropriate gesture at opposing fans, and was also quoted using homophobic slurs in an interview. The Italian federation will likely step in and take some action if Mancini’s claims are true.