The war of words between Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Chelsea’s Antonio Conte hinted at no signing of backing off on Friday. Jose Mourinho proceeded with his open spat with Conte by raising past allegations that the Italian failed to report alleged match-fixing.
Conte was involved in a 2011 match-fixing scandal while in charge for Siena and later served a four-month ban, but dependably denied any wrongdoing and was later vindicated by an Italian judge in May 2016.
The Chelsea boss has been associated with back-and-forth verbal fighting with Mourinho, after it was suggested the Portuguese had aimed a dig at Conte when he said he likes to act in a “mature” way on the touchline, instead of “crazy” or like a “comedian”.
Conte hit back on Friday by proposing that Mourinho was suffering from memory loss and had himself in the past been liable exuberant antics on the sidelines.
However, Mourinho reacting after United’s 2-0 FA Cup third-round win over second-tier side Derby County at Old Trafford, took a new swipe at the Blue’s manager.
The only thing I want to say to end the story is that yes, I made mistakes in the past on the touchline,” he said.
He said: “Look, I don’t blame him. Honestly, I don’t blame him.
“I think the press should apologize to me and to him because the question that comes to him is completely wrong and because of that he had that out-of-control reaction. But I don’t blame him at all.
“I was asked about my passion, and you know because most of you were in my press conference. I was speaking about myself, and then the question to the Chelsea manager was like I said that he behaves like a clown.
“Probably the journalist wanted to say that but didn’t have the courage to say that, so he said that Mourinho said that you behave as a clown. So, I don’t blame the Chelsea manager at all and I understand his reaction.
“I was speaking about myself, saying that I don’t need to behave as a clown to show passion, that I control my emotions in a better way.
“Everybody knows, I don’t need the Chelsea manager to say, that I made mistakes in the past and I will make in the future, hopefully.
“I know that I celebrate goals running 50 meters, I celebrate goals sliding on my knees, I got celebrations jumping into the crowd. I’m not free of that, especially if we score a winning goal in a specific moment.”