The bitter row between Fiorentina and Juventus escalated again after Daniele Pradè challenged Beppe Marotta to “say that to my face in a locked room.”
These two clubs have always been rivals, but the rapport deteriorated to a new low after this summer’s chaos over Dimitar Berbatov.
The Viola accused Juve of poaching the player while he was en route to complete a medical, though the Bianconeri insist they only stepped in after Manchester United had alerted them to Berbatov turning down the offer. He eventually signed for Fulham instead.
“I have not snubbed or insulted Fiorentina,” argued Juventus director general Marotta this week.
“If anything, we did them a favour and helped them to avoid an embarrassing situation.”
Viola director of sport Pradè gave a rather aggressive response.
“Let him say that to my face in a locked room, just the two of us. I need add nothing more.”