Outspoken Italian coach Gennaro Gattuso regretted Monday having been unable to defend himself amid an on-line marketing campaign by some Tottenham Hotspur fans accusing him of being homophobic and racist.

The 2006 World Cup winner had regarded space to be triumphant Jose Mourinho as manager of the Premier League aspect sooner than the accusations.

“I had to unbiased win a legend that hurt me better than any defeat or suspension,” Gattuso told Il Messaggero.

“My regret is that I didn’t obtain the opportunity to defend myself, to exhibit that what folk in England said modified into as soon as now not me.”

Gattuso left Napoli on the tip of closing season, transferring to Serie A rivals Fiorentina the put he spent correct three weeks sooner than quitting after a row over technique and signings.

“On the Fiorentina inquire it’s better to fade it on my own, too noteworthy has been said about it and it be useless so to add varied small print,” he explained.

“One other chronicle, alternatively, is nonetheless open due to I will not forget, the disappointment modified into as soon as too immense. They described me in a obvious technique than I’m and there modified into as soon as nothing to be performed.”

“No person needs to grab into story the risk of the rep,” he persisted.

“Some injurious things near from Facebook and Twitter, the put it’s that that it’s doubtless you’ll maybe be specialize in of to present energy to any falsehood.

“I assemble now not obtain any (social media) profile and I assemble now not are making an are trying to. Why need to nonetheless I be insulted for anything else?

“I assemble now not label, if I drink a bottle of wine, what’s the motive on the support of taking an image to let others know.”

In the meantime Gattuso said he modified into as soon as attempting out for a brand contemporary opportunity.

“I am going to be support soon. I’m waiting to begin over and search, I am going to change myself,” he said.

“We’ll sight when some opportunities come up. I’m also ready for a nationwide team, even though I admire the day-to-day job more.”

Gattuso, a 43-one year-ragged veteran AC Milan and Rangers midfielder and ex-Milan coach, led Napoli to their first distinguished trophy as a coach when they won the Italian Cup in 2020.

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