Antonio Conte was involved in a petty yet bitter feud with Juventus chief Andrea Agnelli on Tuesday as Inter Milan crashed out of the Coppa Italia in the semi-finals.
The Italian boss returned to the Allianz Stadium where he previously won Serie A titles for Juventus as a manager under club chairman Agnelli.
But Inter failed to find a way past their opponents, who had a 2-1 advantage from the first leg and progressed with a hard-fought 0-0 draw on home soil.
However, while the atmosphere on the field was heated, it was nothing compared to what happened between the two former colleagues off it.
According to Italian news channel RAI, Conte stuck his middle finger up to Agnelli as he headed down the tunnel at half-time.
Naturally, Agnelli did not react too courteously when Juve’s victory was sealed, pacing down the steps from his seat in the stands to launch verbals at Conte.
“F*** off, shut up you a***hole,” Agnelli was reported to have said.
The pair’s relationship ended somewhat acrimoniously when Conte walked out on Juventus in pre-season ahead of the 2014/15 season.
Since then Agnelli has claimed there is no issue between them, but Tuesday’s events paint a very different picture.
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Conte had already been irked by some controversial refereeing decisions, including one in which Inter were refused a penalty.
He then launched into a rant about an incident that led to Matteo Darmian being shown a yellow card, before Juve defender Leonardo Bonucci told Conte to “respect the referee”.
Speaking after the game, though, Conte felt it was Juventus who had acted out of turn.
“Juventus should tell the truth,” he told RAI 1. “I think the fourth official heard and saw what happened throughout the match.
“They should be more polite in my opinion. They need more sportsmanship and respect for those who work.”
Pressed on his altercation with Agnelli, Conte replied: “What happened at the end of the game? I have neither the desire nor the pleasure to comment on anything.
“I think that in all things there must be education. Enough.”