Man United boss, Jose Mourinho has intensified his rift with Antonio Conte after the Manchester United boss alluded to the Italian’s connection to a previous match-fixing scandal.
The war of words between the pair was reignited when Chelsea boss Conte, known for his touchline exuberance, took umbrage at Mourinho’s suggestion he did not need to act like “a clown” during games to prove he was passionate about the United job.
Quizzed on those comments, the current Blues boss bit back, suggesting one of his predecessors at Stamford Bridge Had demenza senile which translates as senile dementia.
Mourinho got his chance to respond and after initially blaming the media rather than Conte, the Portuguese signed off with a reference to match-fixing.
Conte had been accused of failing to report his knowledge of an incident of attempted match-fixing during his time as Siena boss in 2011 and he duly served a four-month touchline ban in 2012.
He was acquitted of any wrongdoing over the matter in 2016, shortly before taking over at Chelsea.
Mourinho said of his comments: “A wrong question and obviously a strong answer but I don’t blame (Conte).
“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.
“What never happened to me and will never happen to me is to be suspended for match-fixing, that never happened to me and will never happen.”
When later pressed on whether he was directly referencing Conte having previously been charged, Mourinho replied: “Did he? Not me.”
The United boss had started his answer by defending Conte’s earlier response, suggesting journalists were to blame for the way in which they framed the question.
“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 like a clown to show passion.”
Conte had earlier taken aim at former Blues boss Mourinho, who was sacked from a second stint in December 2015, with Chelsea’s current manager arriving the following summer.