After the Inter Milan boss engaged in a heated post-match bust-up with his former president Andrea Agnelli, a furious Antonio Conte insisted that his former Juventus side ‘need more sportsmanship and respect.’
After a 2-1 victory on aggregate on Tuesday night, Juventus held out admirably for a goalless draw in Turin to advance to the Coppa Italia final – but that was just half the story.
Italian outlet RAI recorded that at half-time, Conte aimed a middle finger gesture at Agnelli, and then after the full-time whistle, the excited Juve leader ran from his seat down to the Inter bench, and was heard shouting:’ f* off, shut up a*hole.’
At the end of the exchange, Conte was not willing to explain but fumed that the blame lay with his former employers.
‘Juventus is expected to say the truth,’ he said to RAI 1.
‘I assume the fourth official noticed and saw in the match what had happened.
“In my opinion, they should be more respectful. For those who work, they need more sportsmanship and consideration.’
Pressed by reporters for more clarification in his post-match press conference, Conte said he didn’t want to talk about it.
He said, ‘At the end of the game, what happened? I have neither the urge nor the joy to write on it.
‘I think that education must exist in all things. More.’ Enough,’
As Leonardo Bonucci tried to condemn Conte for touchline histrionics over some of the decisions taken by the referee, in particular, the decision not to give Inter a first-half penalty, tensions were already bubbling between the two sides.
As he kicked the ground next to Federico Bernardeschi, Lautaro Martinez went down, demanding a penalty.
Soon after, Matteo Darmian was shown a yellow card for a foul on Cristiano Ronaldo.
Conte was enraged by the move, and there was a row between Bonucci, who was on the Juventus bench, picked up by TV cameras.
‘The referee must be respected,’ Bonucci shot in the direction of Conte.
With Juventus, Conte has a rich history, having had great success as both a player and a manager with them.
Conte won five Serie A titles as a player and made more than 500 appearances in a star-studded midfield for the Italian giants.
In 2011, as a manager to replace Luigi Delneri, Agnelli brought Conte back to the club and the 51-year-old oversaw a great run of success as a manager, capturing three consecutive Serie A titles.