Napoli boss banned for offensive remarks….

Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri

Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri has been banned for two Italian Cup matches for “highly offensive” comments made to Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini. Ex-Manchester City manager Mancini, 51, claims Sarri used homophobic language towards him during a touchline row when their teams met in the Coppa Italia. However, the suspension was not for homophobia, for which the punishment could have been greater. Sarri, 57, has also been fined 20,000 euros. Napoli were beaten 2-0 in Tuesday’s quarter-final so Sarri’s ban will not be served until next season. Mancini was also fined 5,000 euros after he was sent-off during the match. Mancini said Sarri shouted “poof” and another homophobic slur in an altercation following Inter’s second goal. Sarri claimed not to remember his exact words, but acknowledged he had been “fired up and angry”. He added: “I was not discriminating against anyone. If I did indeed use those words, then I apologise to the gay community.”

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