Published: Sat, January 06, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Mourinho hits back at Conte, raises match-fixing

Mourinho hits back at Conte, raises match-fixing

Conte also took aim at Wenger, who has been particularly vocal about the standard of refereeing in the Premier League in the last week. What never happened to me and will never happen is to be suspended for match-fixing.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho made the latest in a series of thinly-veiled barbs towards Conte this week, when he referred to coaches who act like "a clown on the touchline", while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger doubled down on his accusation that Eden Hazard dived to win a penalty in Wednesday's 2-2 draw with Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.

Conte was asked whether it irritated him when rival managers talked about him or his players.

"I don't need Chelsea manager to say I made mistakes in past and will in future", Mourinho said after United's FA Cup victory.

"Probably the journalist wanted to say that but didn't have the courage to say that, so he said that Mourinho said that you behave as a clown".

Asked a day later about Mourinho's remarks, Conte said: "I think he has to see himself in the past - maybe he was speaking about himself in the past". Conte said. "Maybe sometimes I think that someone forget what they said in the past or which is his behaviours and sometimes I think there is, I don't know the name, demenza senile, when you are a bit [Conte taps his temple] when you forget what you do in the past".

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"So Mourinho told you behave like a clown, so I don't blame the Chelsea manager at all and I understand his reaction". The question that comes to him comes to him wrong and because of that he has that out-of-control reaction.

Barkley is a signing driven primarily by Chelsea rather than Conte, but the Italian still spoke highly of the 24-year-old's ability and potential.

This is a reference to the time when Mourinho ran down the Old Trafford touchline during his visit there as FC Porto manager in 2004.

Conte was accused of failing to report an incident of attempted match-fixing while in charge of Siena in 2011, serving a four-month ban and enduring a nightmare during an exhaustive investigation.

"I prefer to behave the way I am doing it, much more mature, better for my team and myself, I don't think you have to behave like a insane guy on the touchline to have that passion".

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