The Napoli goalkeeper believes “what happens on the pitch, stays on the pitch” and insists he does not care about Roberto Mancini’s claims of homophobia and racism
Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina says he does not care whether or not Maurizio Sarri used homophobic language towards Roberto Mancini and believes in the “unwritten law” of “what happens on the pitch, stays on the pitch”.
Mancini accused Sarri of using the slurs “frocio” and “finocchio” towards him on the touchline during Inter’s 2-0 victory in the Coppa Italia on Tuesday and also labelled his counterpart a racist.
Sarri claimed he could not remember what he had said to Mancini but admitted he may have used homophobic language in the heat of the moment.
But when Reina was asked about Mancini’s allegations, he replied: “We don’t care about this mess. At least I don’t care. The gaffer felt bitter at the final score.
“There is an unwritten law in football: what happens on the pitch, stays on the pitch and then everyone minds their own f****** business.”
Reflecting on the result, the goalkeeper added: “This game hurts a lot. The draw would have been fair. They took the only two chances they had. Kudos to Inter and we look ahead to next Sunday [against Sampdoria].”