Maurizio Sarri delivered a foul mouthed reply when asked whether Napoli’s Serie A chances were over after goalless draw at Inter.

MILAN — Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri has apologised for patronising comments made to a female journalist after his side’s Serie A match on Sunday.

The journalist asked Sarri if Napoli’s title hopes had been damaged after drawing with Inter Milan 0-0 coupled with Juventus’ victory over Udinese.

Sarri smiled as he replied: “You’re a woman, you’re beautiful, and I won’t tell you to [expletive] off for those two reasons.”

The 59-year-old Sarri later telephoned the journalist to apologise.

Juventus could move four points clear of Napoli on Wednesday if they beat Atalanta at home in a match which was rescheduled due to bad weather.

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