Maurizio Sarri needed to defend himself against accusations of homophobia and sexism while interviewing for the Chelsea job.
Maurizio Sarri has been no stranger to controversy in his managerial career and the 59-year-old needed to offer Chelsea assurances with regards to his viewpoint and future behaviour before they agreed to make him Antonio Conte’s successor, according to a report in the Telegraph.
While managing Napoli in 2016, Maurizio Sarri was accused of calling Roberto Mancini “a f****t” and was given a two-match ban and a €20,000 fine for the homophobic slur aimed at the then-Inter Milan manager.
“I was just irritable,” Maurizio Sarri mentioned at the time. “I was not discriminating against anyone. If I did indeed use those words, then I apologise to the gay community.”
Chelsea was understandably concerned about potential controversy sooner or later and were eager for Sarri to assure them that his previous comments didn’t represent his opinion on homosexuals or women.
The Italian has promised his new club that they don’t have to worry about a repeat of his controversial remarks.
Maurizio Sarri, who signed a three-year contract at Stamford Bridge, stated: “I’m very happy to be coming to Chelsea and the Premier League. It’s an exciting new period in my profession.
“I look forward to starting work and meeting the players on Monday ahead of travelling to Australia, where I can get to know the squad and begin our match action.
“I hope we will provide some entertaining football for our fans, and that we are going to be competing for trophies at the end of the season, which is what this club deserves.”