Last night, there was no lack of love between Antonio Conte and former employers Juventus as the fiery coach flashed Andrea Agnelli’s middle finger.
In 2011, Juventus president Agnelli named Conte as the coach of his side and the pair won three Serie A titles together.
But Conte’s decision to abruptly leave as the pre-season started in 2014 saw their partnership crumble and their new reunion was the Coppa Italia semi-final on Tuesday.
The coming together saw Juventus knock out Conte’s Inter Milan, sealing a 2-1 aggregate victory with a 0-0 draw on the night.
The feisty Derby d’Italia with fans berating Conte outside the stadium before the match and the former Chelsea manager chasing away early on with rival defender Leonardo Bonucci is detailed in local media reports.
A scuffle broke out between the benches at half-time in which Agnelli became involved, Sky Sport Italia says.
Conte was captured on camera flashing a middle finger towards the directors’ box of the Allianz Stadium as the break began.
And a full-time whistle saw a jubilant Agnelli run down the steps from his seat, pointing toward the pitch with some stern words.
Reportedly, the Italian bellowed: ‘F*** off, shut up, a**hole.’
Conte believed that, despite his actions, Juventus were the chief antagonists after his side’s Coppa exit.
The 51-year-old told Rai Sport, “They ought, to tell the truth, the fourth official saw what had happened throughout the game, and they ought to be more polite.”
“There is nothing to say, but for those who work, more sportsmanship and respect is required.”
Having failed to win a trophy in his 18 months as Inter manager, with his side already out of Europe, the outcome leaves Conte under more pressure.
He said in front of a couple of key matches versus Lazio and AC Milan: “In my view, we should have capitalized on the chances we generated and it’s a shame because we saw two teams battling to the end over the 180 minutes.”