Jose Mourinho hits back at Antonio Conte’s ‘senile’ claim with ‘match-fixing’ jibe
Conte was implicated in a 2011 fixing scandal during his time as manager of Siena in Italy but he was cleared of wrongdoing in 2016.
The Italian accused Mourinho on Friday of having dementia after the Portuguese boss appeared to refer to Conte as a ‘clown’ for his actions on the sidelines.
However, Mourinho was quick to bite back after his side’s 2-0 win against Derby County with a detailed response that initially showed sympathy for Conte.
‘Look I don’t blame him,’ said Mourinho.
‘Honestly I don’t blame him, I think the press should apologise to me and to him because the question that comes to him is completely wrong and because of that he had that out of control reaction.
‘But I don’t blame him at all, I was asked about my passion and you know because most of you were in my press conference and I was speaking about myself and then the question to the Chelsea manager was like I told that he behaves like a clown, probably the journalist wants to say that but didn’t have the courage to say that.
‘So Mourinho told you behave like a clown, so I don’t blame the Chelsea manager at all and I understand his reaction. I was speaking about myself, saying I don’t need to behave as a clown to show passion, that I control my emotions in a better way, everybody knows I don’t need the Chelsea manager to say that I made mistakes in the past, and I will make in the future
‘I know that I celebrated goals running 50 metres, that I celebrated goals sliding on my knees, I got celebrations jumping to the crowd, I’m not free of that especially if we score a winning goal in a specific moment, I’m not free to have an out of control reaction but what I was trying to say was I behaved bad a few times and in this moment I control myself much better, doesn’t mean that my passion is not the same.
“So wrong question and obviously a strong answer but I don’t blame, the only thing I want to say to end the story is yes I made mistakes in the past on the touchline, yes I will make less but I think I will still make a few.
‘[But] What happened to me – and will never happen – is to be suspended for match fixing. That never happened to me and will never happen’.
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