Inter Milan accept apology by Napoli's Sarri following homophobic comments

The incident happened during Inter's 2-0 win during the week but the club want to draw a line under recent events

BY Robbie Dunne 15:23 Saturday 23 January 2016, 15:23 23 Jan 2016

Inter Milan have accepted an apology made by Napoli and Napoli's Maurizio Sarri following homophobic comments that were made towards Roberto Mancini during the week by the Napoli manager.

Inter defeated Napoli 2-0 in the Coppa Italia during the week but the victory was marred by allegations made by Mancini after the game that he was subjected to a tirade of homophobic comments on the sideline. 

At the time, Mancini said, "People like him should not be in football. He is 60 years old. The fourth official heard but didn't say anything. He came to see me in the changing room to apologise but he should really be ashamed of himself.”

Inter have since issued a statement wishing to "draw a line under recent events", while also issuing their full support for their manager and the stance he took on the night.

Inter's statement read:

"Following the incidents that occurred after the recent TIM Cup match against SSC Napoli on Tuesday 19 January, F.C. Internazionale confirms its full support for manager Roberto Mancini and the ethical stance he took concerning the comments at the end of the match.

At the heart of Inter’s foundation in 1908 is the belief that all players, no matter their nationality, language, religion, personal and social conditions and orientations, are welcome in the team and so was born the phrase “Brothers of the World”. Today inclusion remains a core value of the club.

However, now is the right time to draw a line under recent events and put an end to the many discussions surrounding the last few minutes of the match. Roberto Mancini and the club therefore accept the apologies offered by Maurizio Sarri and Napoli and we ask that the attention of the press and public now returns to the games in Serie A and the TIM Cup and a particularly exciting season for both sets of fans and all contenders for national titles."


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