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Soccer: Juve boss Conte opens fire on Capello

Coach irked by criticism about cancelling day off

16 February, 18:28
Soccer: Juve boss Conte opens fire on Capello (see related story) (ANSA) - Rome, February 16 - Juventus coach Antonio Conte unleashed an angry attack on Fabio Capello Sunday after the Russia boss criticised his decision to punish his players after last week's 2-2 draw at Verona.

Conte cancelled a scheduled day of rest after the draw, which saw the reigning champions and Serie A leaders surrender a two-goal lead.

Capello, a former Juventus player who was in charge of the club from 2004 to 2006, was quoted in the Italian media this week as saying this was not the sort of approach players respond to. Conte hit back by blasting Capello's stint in Turin, when Juve won two Serie A titles that they were subsequently stripped of for involvement in the Calciopoli match-fixing scandal in 2006.

"I accept everything. I listen to everything and I make my decisions," Conte said after his side beat Chievo Verona 3-1 on Sunday.

"I heard a referendum about this issue, including from people in the game. "If people ask me something like that about others, I respond - ask me a more intelligent question please. "Some people should mind their own business instead of dealing with other people's homes.

"It's their home where the stink is... From Capello's two years (at Juve) I remember two titles, not much good football, and then two championships that were revoked". There are never any implication during the match-fixing scandal that Capello was involved in any wrongdoing.