Sport Dementia, match-fixing, and doping: Inside José Mourinho and Antonio Conte's bitter war of words

19:10  12 january  2018
19:10  12 january  2018 Source:   Business Insider Australia

Mourinho losing his memory, claims Conte

  Mourinho losing his memory, claims Conte Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho could be suffering from amnesia, according to his Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte.Chelsea manager Antonio Conte suggested Jose Mourinho could be suffering from amnesia after the Manchester United boss launched a barb at the Italian over his touchline behaviour.

Dementia , match - fixing , and doping : Inside José Mourinho and Antonio Conte ' s bitter war of words . Things reached fever pitch when Mourinho recalled previous match - fixing accusations levelled at Conte while the Italian was at former club.

Manchester United manager José Mourinho and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte have accused each other of suffering from dementia and match - fixing . The animosity has gotten so bad that Conte has effectively challenged Mourinho to a fight

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  • Manchester United manager José Mourinho and Chelsea boss Antonio Contehave accused each other of suffering from dementia and match-fixing.
  • The animosity has gotten so bad that Conte has effectively challenged Mourinho to a fight, asking if the Portuguese manager wants to meet him alone in a room.
  • Instead, the two will contest a grudge match when United welcomes Chelsea to Old Trafford for a Premier League game next month.

Two of the most respected managers in world football have exchanged insults like bad-mouthed boxers the day before a championship bout.

Fighting out of the red corner we have Manchester United manager José Mourinho. Out of the blue corner we have Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.

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  I will never be suspended for match-fixing - Mourinho takes fresh swipe at Conte The war of words between Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho and Chelsea's Antonio Conte showed no sign of slowing down on Friday.Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho continued his public spat with Antonio Conte by bringing up past accusations that the Italian failed to report alleged match fixing.

Manchester United manager José Mourinho and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte have accused each other of suffering from dementia and match - fixing . The animosity has gotten so bad that Conte has effectively challenged Mourinho to a fight

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte have accused each other of suffering from dementia and match - fixing . The animosity has gotten so bad that Conte has effectively challenged Mourinho to a fight

Related: Chelsea's Conte says Jose Mourinho has 'senile dementia' (International Business Times)

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The two coaches have mocked each other's backgrounds, appearances, and abilities over a headline-hogging 18 month period. Conte once accused Mourinho of being unable to identify young, elite talent. Mourinho, meanwhile, has implied that Conte is a clown.

Conte: Jose feud is personal

  Conte: Jose feud is personal Antonio Conte has insisted his feud with Jose Mourinho is personal and that nobody should intervene. The Chelsea boss has vowed "I won't forget" Mourinho's criticism, after the Manchester United manager hit out at Conte over match-fixing.Conte branded Mourinho a "little man" after Chelsea's goalless FA Cup third round draw at Norwich on Saturday, and has now stood by those comments.The former Juventus boss insisted he has no regrets over hitting back at Mourinho, but moved to shut down any further discussion of the two managers' falling out.

Manchester United manager José Mourinho and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte have accused each other of suffering from dementia and match - fixing . The animosity has gotten so bad that Conte has effectively challenged Mourinho to a fight

Jose Mourinho , Antonio Conte .Picture: Getty Images. Soccer. THE level of animosity between Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte has reached the next level with a bitter war of words during the FA Cup weekend.

Things reached fever pitch when Mourinho recalled previous match-fixing accusations levelled at Conte while the Italian was at former club Siena. Conte then challenged Mourinho to a fist-fight.

This is a level of hatred that the Premier League has not witnessed since Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsène Wenger traded blows from 1996 to 2005.

Those were the days when Ferguson bruised David Beckham because he kicked a boot at the midfielder's head in a fit of locker room rage, all because United had lost 2-0 to Arsenal in 2003.

They also saw Ferguson get hot soup poured over him after the infamous Battle of Old Trafford, and ultimately saw the Metropolitan Police intervene to urge the warring managers to bury the hatchet over fears the tension would transfer to the crowds in 2005.

When Ferguson and Wenger started doing business together, exchanging players for money, the hostility ended and they began respecting and admiring each other's achievements and longevity in the game.

'I said I stop' - Conte ends war of words with Mourinho

  'I said I stop' - Conte ends war of words with Mourinho Jose Mourinho wants an end to his feud with Antonio Conte despite feeling "contempt", comments the Chelsea boss concurs with.Antonio Conte is unconcerned by Jose Mourinho stating he has "contempt" for the Chelsea head coach, seemingly bringing an end to their war of words.

Antonio Conte has branded Jose Mourinho a “little man” and a “fake”. The Chelsea manager slammed Manchester United rival Mourinho in the latest bitter war of words . Conte angered Mourinho by claiming he had “ dementia ”

JOSE MOURINHO and Antonio Conte had an amazing war of words , with the Manchester United boss claiming: “I’ll never be banned for match - fixing .” The Chelsea chief sparked yesterday’ s row by saying Mourinho is losing his mind and suffering with “demenza”.

Sure, other spats have emerged, but these days there is no feud as white hot as Mourinho and Conte's.

How did it all begin?

Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte © Provided by Business Insider Inc Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte

Mourinho and Conte's rivalry arguably began on July 3, 2016. That is the date Conte took charge of the Blues, just six months after Mourinho was sacked having left Chelsea lingering just outside the relegation zone after a disastrous run of Premier League results.

It was not long before Mourinho and Conte got to meet face-to-face. Chelsea welcomed United to Stamford Bridge in October - and it is a game that the Portuguese will hope to forget. Why? Because Chelsea obliterated United by a 4-0 score and Conte celebrated every single goal with highlight-reel enthusiasm.

"You don't celebrate like that at 4-0," Mourinho seethed on Italian TV, according to Reuters. "You can do it at 1-0, otherwise it's humiliating for us."

From there, Conte rubbed salt into Mourinho's wounds by implying his predecessor mismanaged one of his former players at Chelsea. In November, Conte told Gazetta dello Sport that he immediately recognised the potential of Victor Moses and could not understand why Mourinho denied him chances in the first team. "I find it incredible that someone like him has been overlooked," he said.

Conte unconcerned by Mourinho's 'contempt' comment

  Conte unconcerned by Mourinho's 'contempt' comment Jose Mourinho wants an end to his feud with Antonio Conte despite feeling "contempt", comments the Chelsea boss concurs with.Antonio Conte is unconcerned by Jose Mourinho stating he has "contempt" for the Chelsea head coach, seemingly bringing an end to their war of words.

ANTONIO CONTE has branded Jose Mourinho a “little man” and a “fake”. The Chelsea manager slammed Manchester United rival Mourinho in the latest bitter war of words .

Jose Mourinho responded to Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte ' s suggestion he has senile dementia by appearing to allude to the Italian's connection with a match - fixing scandal.

Rivalry turned into verbal abuse

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Last summer, Conte told his players that he would not allow Chelsea to finish 10th under his watch. "We want to avoid the Mourinho season," Conte is quoted by the BBC to have said. Another humiliation for the United boss.

Mourinho shrugged off the insult at a separate news conference. "I'm not going to lose my hair to speak about Antonio Conte," he said - a barb at Conte's famour hair transplant. 

With time, the verbal abuse just got more offensive. For instance, earlier this month Mourinho implied that Conte is a "clown" and "a crazy guy" on the touchline.

"I don't behave as a clown," he said at a conference, as reported by Goal.com. "I prefer to behave more mature. I don't think you have to behave like a crazy guy on the touchline."

Conte, clearly remembering the times Mourinho spent running up and down touchlines, responded by accusing his rival of having dementia.

"Maybe he was speaking about himself in the past," he said in The Times. "Sometimes I think there is demenza senile [senile dementia] when you forget what you do in the past."

Conte later retracted that statement and said he meant amnesia. However, the damage was done and even Italy-born former England manager Fabio Capello told Sky Sports News that Conte "made a mistake."

Conte snaps at Mourinho 'clowns' jibe and takes aim at Wenger

  Conte snaps at Mourinho 'clowns' jibe and takes aim at Wenger Antonio Conte was in no mood to let other coaches' comments slide on Friday, as he hit back at both Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger.Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has hit back at Jose Mourinho's "touchline clowns" comment and criticised Arsene Wenger for not respecting referees.

JOSE MOURINHO and Antonio Conte had an amazing war of words , with the Manchester United boss claiming: “I’ll never be banned for match - fixing .” The Chelsea chief sparked yesterday’ s row by saying Mourinho is losing his mind and suffering with “demenza”.

The war of words between Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and his counterpart at Manchester United Jose Mourinho , escalated over the weekend. Mourinho brought up a charge of failing to report match fixing which was brought against Conte during his time working as a club manager in

Then, with no sense of irony, Capello said both managers were "totally out of their minds."

Yet those comments seem kind when compared to what came next.

The point of no return

'Si es necesario, pagaré la cláusula de Mourinho' © Getty Images 'Si es necesario, pagaré la cláusula de Mourinho'

The simmering rivalry turned piping hot when Mourinho brought up the match-fixing scandal that plagued Conte's former club Siena in the 2010-2011 season.

Conte had been accused of failing to report match-fixing by Filippo Carobbio, a former Siena player who was charged with extensive involvement in the crisis. Though Conte, through his lawyer, denied all allegations he was suspended for 10 months. This was later reduced to four months. He was eventually acquitted of all charges, cleared of any wrongdoing.

"What never happened to me - and will never happen - is to be suspended for match-fixing," Mourinho said at a conference according to the BBC.

It did not take long for Conte to fire back at Mourinho. He called him a "little man" with a "very low profile" who "doesn't know the truth." He also called him "a fake."

But the bad blood does not end there.

Eladio Parames, who MARCA say is a close friend of Mourinho's, wrote an open letter to Conte in his column for Portuguese newspaper Record.

Parames reminded Conte of his midfield playing days at Juventus in the 1995-1996 season, a time when there were accusations that the players were doping, had been doping, or were doped with the performance-enhancing drug EPO (Erythropoietin).

The matter went to trial in 2004 and Riccardo Agricola, the club doctor, was given a suspended prison sentence for doping the players. A year later, however, he was acquitted on appeal.

Desperate, lawless and lost - Mourinho showed true colours with Conte 'match-fixing' attack

  Desperate, lawless and lost - Mourinho showed true colours with Conte 'match-fixing' attack The Man Utd boss' barb was intended to wound and succeeded, but his Chelsea counterpart should learn discretion is the better part of valour The race was close and [Lyndon B] Johnson was getting worried. Finally, he told his campaign manager to start a massive rumour campaign about his opponent’s life-long habit of enjoying carnal knowledge of his own barnyard sows.Related: Calm Conte? Mourinho won't like him when he's angry (Perform) “Christ, we can’t get away with calling him a pig-f****r,” the campaign manager protested. “Nobody’s going to believe a thing like that.”“I know,” Johnson replied.

“Both Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho seem intent on having the last word but this has gone too far. “ Conte ’ s comments about Mourinho having ‘senile dementia ’ were in poor taste but Mourinho reached a new low with his dig about match - fixing .

Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte ’ s war of words has continued this week after the Chelsea head coach resisted the suggestion of outside help to resolve the dispute with the Manchester United boss.

"Mr Conte: Do you know what EPO is?" Parames said in the letter. "The analysis was overwhelming."

Parames said Conte may deny accusations of "fixing matches" but he "didn't get rid of the reputation of being involved in shady business dealings."

February 25 could become a showdown

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte © Andrew Couldridge/Reuters Chelsea manager Antonio Conte

The whole situation has rankled Conte, livid at Mourinho for bringing up a case he was cleared of.

"When is the game against United?" Conte told BBC Radio 5 Live before issuing a call to arms. "We can meet in a room. To try and explain about these comments. I don't know if he is ready to meet me in a room, just me and him."

Conte won't have long to wait.

Chelsea travels to Old Trafford for a Premier League tussle against United on Febuary 25 and one thing is for sure - this game, with the backstory the managers are bringing, could become the biggest grudge match the division has seen for over a decade.

Greater, perhaps, than those old days.

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