Gennaro Gattuso insists he’s neither racist nor sexist as he hit out at a web based marketing campaign towards him throughout talks to grow to be Tottenham supervisor.
Spurs turned their consideration to Gattuso final month following the breakdown of Paulo Fonseca’s transfer to the north London membership.
Nevertheless, that transfer additionally broke down simply 24 hours later after supporters launched a protest towards the Italian, highlighting controversial feedback he had beforehand made about same-sex marriage and girls in soccer.
What did Gattuso say?
In an interview with The Republic, Gattuso insisted that his earlier feedback have been misinterpreted.
He additionally believes Tottenham followers have developed a unfavorable opinion of him primarily based on an incident throughout a Champions League tie towards Milan in 2011, when Gattuso acquired concerned in a touchline battle with then Spurs assistant Joe Jordan.
“I find it hard to believe that this [his previous comments] was the reason, at most it may have remained in their minds the image of myself fighting with Joe Jordan in 2011,” mentioned the 43-year-old.
“Certainly I am neither racist, nor sexist, nor homophobic – old statements of mine have been misrepresented.
“Why don’t you ask my former team-mates and the players I coached about my relationship with them? I can’t lose time with silly things, but my experience can teach something.”
The previous Italy worldwide believes the incident highlights the hazards of social media and the injury it may trigger.
“Hate on social media is dangerous and very underrated,” he added. “I am a public figure and I have the strength to react, but not everyone can bear it.
“There are those who may throw themselves out of the window because they are weaker. It is a serious problem. Why is nobody doing something about it?
“I don’t live in the past, I have daughters who use social media, I just don’t understand exhibitionism. Why should I post a picture if I am on a boat trip with my family or at the restaurant?
“I want to tell the youths to live their life, not the ones of others.”
Gattuso denies Mendes hyperlink
Gattuso additionally dismissed recommendations he stop Fiorentina final month due to a dispute over switch technique.
He solely took over Fiorentina in Might however left simply 23 days later, with reviews claiming his agent Jorge Mendes was demanding the membership goal sure gamers.
Gattuso denies these rumours and insists Mendes is merely a buddy moderately than his agent, whereas admitting he’s unable to disclose the actual causes behind his departure due to a confidentiality settlement.
“He [Mendes] is a friend. He has great experience and gives me advice for my career. I always respect roles: the transfer market is not up to me, but to directors,” Gattuso mentioned.
“I am an ambitious coach and I want strong and functional players for the team, regardless of who their agent is.”