Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has urged the Premier League to step in and calm relations between Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and his Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho.
The rival coaches war of words has dramatically escalated over the last week with both trading verbal insults. Leading pundit Keown has grown concerned by how the row reflects on the Premier League and speaking to the Daily Mail he stated:
“I do not want to see two leading figures in the game conducting such an ugly row in public.
“It is a terrible advert for our game that Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte — the managers of two of the biggest clubs in world football — are showing such huge disrespect to one another. It is getting to the stage where Premier League chief Richard Scudamore should intervene and get them to calm down.”
It was revealed today that the FA will not take any action against either manager for the time being, although it remains doubtful that when Jose Mourinho is given a chance to respond to Conte’s claim that he is a ”little man,” that he will be able to let it go without retaliating.
Manchester United host Chelsea in the Premier League on 25 February in a game that we can all probably agree should provide some fireworks.