Mourinho mocks Conte over match-fixing scandal

Manchester United manager, has taken a swipe at his Chelsea counterpart, Antonio Conte, saying he will “never be banned for match-fixing”.


Mourinho made the remarks after his side’s 2-0 win over Derby County in the FA Cup third round on Friday night. 

Conte had said earlier in the day that Mourinho suffers from “demenza senile” – an Italian phrase which literally translates as ‘senile dementia’.

The Chelsea boss was responding to remarks made by Mourinho on Thursday, when the United manager claimed he did not need to act like a “clown” on the touchline to prove that he is passionate about his work.

“I don’t blame him. The press should apologise to me and to him. I don’t blame him at all. I was speaking about myself, then the Chelsea manager was told I say he behaves like a clown. I was speaking about myself, saying I control my emotions in a better way.

“I know that I celebrated goals running 50 metres, sliding on my knees, jumping in the crowd, and I’m free to do that again. I behaved bad a few times, and now I control myself much better. I made mistakes, now I make less. 

“One thing I can say is I never was banned for match-fixing. And that will never happen,” Mourinho said.

Before taking over at Chelsea in the summer of 2016, Conte was cleared of failing to report match-fixing during his time as manager of Siena.

The allegations related to a Serie B match against Novara in May 2011, which ended in a 2-2 draw.

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