Inter Milan won at Napoli 2-0 to reach the Italian Cup semifinals but anti-gay slurs by Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri at Inter counterpart Roberto Mancini overshadowed the match on Tuesday.
NAPLES, Italy (AP) — Inter Milan won at Napoli 2-0 to reach the Italian Cup semifinals but anti-gay slurs by Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri at Inter counterpart Roberto Mancini overshadowed the match on Tuesday.
Mancini and Sarri were sent off in stoppage time following a touchline argument.
"Sarri is a racist. Men like him cannot be in football," Mancini told Rai Sport. "I got up to ask the fourth official why there were five minutes of added time. He then began to rant at me, shouting 'fa**ot' and 'poof' at me. He's 60 years old, he should be ashamed.
"I am not interested in talking about the game. This cancels out everything. ... I went to find him in the locker room and he apologized, but I replied that he has only to be ashamed. In England, someone like him wouldn't even be allowed on a training pitch."
Mancini did not attend the post-match news conference.
Sarri said he "lost clarity of thought" after the dismissal of Napoli winger Dries Mertens, with two minutes remaining, following a second booking for diving in the penalty area.
"I was annoyed at the decision on Mertens, I didn't have anything against Mancini," Sarri said. "I apologized to him ... I think that tomorrow he will accept my apology.
"I don't even remember what I said. Maybe I offended him, but it should end there. Am I homophobic? That seems over the top. I said something out of rage ... I was not discriminating against anyone. However, if I did use words that could have offended the gay community, I clearly apologize."
Inter, third in the league, will face the winner of Wednesday's match between Lazio and Juventus.
Stevan Jovetic struck 16 minutes from time with a delightful chipped effort from 25 yards out. It was only Inter's second shot on target.
Adem Ljajic then sealed the result in stoppage time, running from the halfway line onto Jovetic's through ball and slotting into the bottom left corner from the edge of the area.
Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic pulled off several fine saves.