Vladimir Petkovic said he “acted like a gentleman” after being sacked by Lazio in January, as he “did not react to the stabs.”
The Coach was fired by Lazio over the Christmas break, as he had put pen to paper with the Swiss Federation to take over the national team from July.
President Claudio Lotito considered this to be a breach of contract, but Petkovic is contesting that and legal action against the club is progressing.
“I suffered as a professional and as a man,” Petkovic told Rai Due.
“I felt such bitterness, but also received the support of many people and colleagues who made me realise I acted like a gentleman.
“That is because I did not react to the stabs that were aimed at me. I chose silence.”
He was replaced by Edy Reja, who had been Petkovic’s predecessor at the Stadio Olimpico.