Ferrero apologises over Thohir slur

The Sampdoria supremo hit out at his Inter colleague last week, but he has now claimed he did not mean to insult Erick Thohir

Sampdoria president Massimo Ferrero has apologised for referring to Inter’s Indonesian owner Erick Thohir as “that Filipino”.

Ferrero made the comment when discussing Massimo Moratti’s decision to resign as Inter’s honorary president earlier this month, accusing the Giuseppe Meazza side’s owner of treating Moratti unfairly.

“Moratti is a great man and it seems unfair that he has been treated like this, because he has given so much to Italian football,” Ferrero told RAI at the weekend. “I am very sad for him. I had told him: ‘Kick out that Filipino…'”

However, Ferrero has now stressed he didn’t mean to offend Thohir or any one else.

“I didn’t want to disrespect Mr Thohir, the directors of Inter or the people of the Philippines with whom I have a wonderful rapport,” a statement on the Sampdoria website reads.

“I wanted to praise Massimo Moratti and all that he has given to Inter and to Italian football over the last 20 years.”

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