Friday January 12 2018
Mourinho: ‘Contempt for Conte’

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho seeks to end his war of words with Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, offering “contempt, silence”.

The pair have been involved in a furious back and forth over the past few weeks, with the Italian angered by the Red Devils boss talking about Coaches behaving like “clowns” on the touchline.

That was seen by many as a reference to Conte and Jurgen Klopp, and the former Italy CT hit back by suggesting Mourinho has senile dementia.

The Portuguese initially tried to blame the media for stirring up the feud, before noting he’d never been suspended for match fixing.

Conte was given a four-match ban in 2012 for failing to report match fixing when he was in charge of Siena.

While the then Juventus Coach always affirmed his innocence, he took the advice of his legal team to take a plea bargain and settle for a three-month ban.

The same incident was tried in criminal court, and Conte was cleared of any wrongdoing in April 2016.

This week the Blues boss insisted he didn’t regret anything he’d said, but warned he wouldn’t forget Mourinho’s jibe.

United face Stoke City on Monday, and inevitably Mou was asked about the ongoing spat in his pre-match Press conference.

“I think when a person insults another you can expect a response,” Mourinho said.

“Or you can expect contempt, silence. The first time he insulted me I had a response, a response that I know that touched the point where he really feels hurt.

“Then he insulted me for a second time but, now I change and now [it’s] contempt, and for me contempt means end of the story.”

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