Porto Boss Accuses Arteta Of Insulting His Family


Porto coach Sergio Conceicao accused Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta of insulting his family during Arsenal’s shootout win over the Portuguese side that booked their place in the Champions League quarterfinals for the first time since 2010.

Asked to elaborate on what had happened, Conceicao said through a UEFA interpreter: “During the game and towards the bench he, in Spanish, I don’t know if this is to do with Spanish managers, he insulted my family.

Following the game, Arteta and Conceicao were seen exchanging words on the pitch. And the Porto boss levelled a serious accusation at his counterpart.

“Mikel Arteta turned to the bench during the game and insulted my family in Spanish,” Conceicao alleged. “At the end, I told him that the person he insulted is no longer among us.

“Let him worry about training his team, which has more than enough quality to play a lot better” he added. Arsenal deny Arteta said any such thing.

Arteta’s team now have a long break before they return to action against Manchester City on March 31. Before then, they will learn their quarter-final opponents in Europe, with the draw scheduled for Friday.

Tempers had boiled over at times during the 120 minutes of football in North London. Arteta and Conceicao were both shown yellow cards during the game, while both teams saw players go into the book.

It is not the first time Conceicao has accused a rival manager of using insulting language towards him. Former Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel and current Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola have both landed in the bad books of the Portuguese after recent Champions League run-ins.

“He spoke about our country using ugly words,” Conceicao said after Porto’s group stage defeat to City in October 2020. “Guardiola’s attitude was extremely unpleasant.

“The whole Manchester City dugout was because if anybody should have been complaining, it was the Porto bench, because we were extremely hard done by.”

CLAIMS: An animated Porto coach Sergio Conceicao during the Champions League last 16 second leg

The following April, Porto were eliminated from that season’s tournament by Tuchel’s Chelsea with Conceicao alleging Tuchel told him to “f*** off”.

“I was insulted by this man who is next door,” Conceicao said, referring to Tuchel. “I was telling the referee that the fourth referee heard those insults. That’s all. I don’t know why he reacted the way he did. I didn’t say anything to him during the game.”

Tuchel would later downplay that incident. “It was just a little argument with me and their coach, and everybody was following me suddenly,” he said. “No harm done.”

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