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Jose Mourinho hits out at Antonio Conte over “match-fixing”

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has continued his war of words with Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte by referencing past match-fixing allegations against the Italian.

Conte responded to an apparent jibe from Mourinho over his touchline antics by suggesting that the United boss suffers from “senile dementia”, although Mourinho claims that he was not referring to Conte with his comments.

However, the Portuguese went on to bring up the match-fixing scandal involving Conte eight years ago, which saw the Italian eventually acquitted over accusations from his time in charge of Serie B side Siena.

“The question that comes to him is completely wrong and because of that he [Conte] had that out of control reaction. But I don’t blame him at all,” Mourinho told reporters.

“I was asked about my passion and you know I was speaking about myself and then the question to the Chelsea manager was that I said he behaved like a clown.

“The only way I want to end the story is yes I made mistakes in the past on the touchline and yes I will make less but I’ll still make a few. What has never happened to me and will never happen is to be suspended for match fixing. That never happened to me and it will never happen.”

Conte was initially suspended for 10 months for failing to report match-fixing, although the ban was later reduced to four months before Conte was cleared of any wrongdoing in May 2016.

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