Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has been given a two-match Coppa Italian ban for his “highly insulting” comments towards Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini.
In its disciplinary ruling, Lega Serie A made no mention of homophobic insults and could have given Sarri a four-match ban if found guilty of such remarks, with Mancini claiming the Napoli boss shouted two homophobic slurs in an altercation during Tuesday’s meeting between the two sides.
Along with the suspension, Sarri was fined £15,300 alongside Mancini, who picked up a £3,800 fine for confronting the Napoli boss and being ‘disrespectful’ to the fourth official.
Napoli also confirmed in a statement that the ruling “confirmed the absence of racist and homophobic connotations in Sarri’s words.”
Following Tuesday’s quarter-final, Mancini told Gazzetta dello Sport: “Men like him shouldn’t be in the world of football. He is 60 years old and must be ashamed.”
Sarri, meanwhile, spoke to Rai Sport after the match: “’What I said wasn’t at all directed towards Mancini and once the game ended then he should have dropped it there. I even reached out to him at the end of the game to apologise and he should have accepted it.”