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Sarri claims ‘mistakes’ were not a true representation of his character

Maurizio Sarri admits to previous mistakes (Steve Paston/PA)
Maurizio Sarri admits to previous mistakes (Steve Paston/PA)

Maurizio Sarri insists he is not homophobic, sexist or racist and has apologised for previous controversial comments.

The new Chelsea manager’s time in Serie A involved allegations of inappropriate remarks, including to a female reporter.

In January 2016, Sarri was fined €20,000 and handed a two-match touchline ban after making homophobic comments towards then Inter Milan manager Roberto Mancini.

The 59-year-old former Napoli boss admitted he has made mistakes but said they were not a true representation of his character.

“People make mistakes. Those who know me very well cannot define me in this way. Neither homophobic, nor sexist, or racist. Absolutely not,” he said at his Stamford Bridge unveiling.

“I’m an extremely open person and I do not have these kind of problems.

“I hope I will be able to show this when I’m working here and when I’m living here.

“These mistakes were made, yes, but when somebody makes a mistake they must apologise and accept that some allegations could be made by the press.

“A professional and ethical attitude is very important. More than apologies.

“I hope you will have the chance to know me better and I hope you will forget about this very quickly.”

Explaining previous incidents, he added: “One of these mistakes was made when I was angry.

“Another one was not even a mistake. It was a journalist with whom I shared a joke for three years.

“It was misconstrued.”