Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti continued the increasingly bitter row with Spartak Moscow. ‘There are some professional clubs in Russia, and then there’s them.’
There was already tension after the first leg Spartak victory in the Europa League group phase, but it spilled out in Moscow following a 2-1 result on Thursday.
Spalletti refused to shake hands with opposition coach Rui Vitoria, then the Spartak social media team repeatedly insulted both club and tactician.
Seeing as Spalletti won silverware in Russia for Zenit St Petersburg, he seemed unsurprised by the course of events.
“I spent time in Russia, there are people there who are really professional and behave well,” said Spalletti during his press conference.
“There are some professional clubs who know how to be in European football, then there’s Spartak who feel they can do anything they want. They are different to the others.
“If a coach doesn’t shake my hand and welcome me to his stadium before the game, that is insulting. Yet everyone is blaming me.”
Two emojis to describe this? Hmm…
😎 and 🤡
So much for fair play. pic.twitter.com/z3x7Qaxyys
— FC Spartak Moscow (@fcsm_eng) November 24, 2021