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Napoli coach unrepentant for giving Juventus fans the finger

Napoli coach Maurizo Sarri was unrepentant after he was spotted giving the middle finger to a group of Juventus fans on Sunday.

Napoli coach unrepentant for giving Juventus fans the finger
Napoli fans at the match against Juventus, which the Neapolitans won 1-0. Photo: Marco Bertorello/AFP

“I replied to a group of people who were spitting at the bus and insulting us for being Neapolitan,” said Sarri after Napoli kept the Serie A title race alive with a 1-0 win over Juventus in Turin. 

“I would never make a gesture like that towards anyone for being a Juventus fan.

“The vast majority of Juventus fans are wonderful people and there was one in our hotel who we had a good laugh and joke with.

“I have no issue with Juventus fans. It was only with those who spat at us and insulted us for being Neapolitan.”


Maurizio Sarri. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

Napoli closed the gap at the top of the table to just one point with four games to play after Kalidou Koulibaly nodded in a Jose Callejon corner in the final minutes.

“So far, I'm having fun,” said Sarri as his side target a third title after 1987 and 1990.

“We made our extraordinary fans happy, but Juventus remain ahead and therefore almost nothing has changed. We still have a very slim chance of overtaking them.”

Napoli's team bus was surrounded by Juventus fans as it made its way to the Allianz Stadium, but Sarri was in no mood to be intimidated.

Tensions are always high between the two sides from the north and south of Italy, going back to the days of Diego Maradona and Michel Platini. 

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Romanian billionaire and seven others die in Milan plane crash

A light aircraft piloted by Romanian billionaire Dan Petrescu crashed into an empty office building near Milan on Sunday, killing him, his wife and son, and all five others aboard.

Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato.
Police and rescue teams outside the office building where a small plane crashed in the Milan suburb of San Donato on October 3rd. Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP

The single-engine Pilatus PC-12 had taken off from Milan’s Linate airport shortly after 1pm headed for Olbia in the north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

It crashed just a few minutes later into a building in San Donato Milanese, a town southeast of Milan, according to aviation agency ANSV, which has opened an investigation.

Witnesses said the plane was already in flames before it crashed into an office building undergoing renovations.

Petrescu’s 65-year-old wife, who also had French nationality, and their son Dan Stefano, 30, were killed.

Italian media identified the other passengers as entrepreneur Filippo Nascimbene, a 33-year-old from Lombardy, with his wife, young son and mother-in-law, who have French nationality.

Petrescu, 68, was one of Romania’s richest men. He headed a major construction firm and owned a string of hypermarkets and malls. He also held Germany nationality, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reported.

Flames engulfed the two-storey building, next to the yellow line subway terminus.

“The impact was devastating,” Carlo Cardinali, of the Milan fire brigade, told news agency Ansa.

Deputy prosecutor Tiziana Siciliano was quoted by Corriere as saying that the plane’s black box had been recovered.

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