Walter Zenga is the latest Serie A boss to fall out with the Italian pundits

Turn the clock back seven days and we brought you the video footage of the fallout between Jose Mourinho and the Italian media as the Inter coach was badgered on national TV, ending when the Special One walked out on his interview.

Seven days later, and this week it is the turn of Catania boss Walter Zenga to blow his top on the Italian national airwaves.

Tensions between Walter Zenga and Rai Stadio Sport (the Italian sport broadcaster) kicked off last weekend, when Zenga refused to attend the post-match interviews that are a legal obligation under the contract state television RAI has with the Lega Calcio.

Fast-forward to Sunday night and Zenga should have been found celebrating Catania’s 3-2 win over Torino. Instead, RIA Stadio Sport’s host Enrico Varriale refused to allow Zenga wax lyrical over his team’s win, rather opting to bring up the former Inter goalkeeper’s gaff while playing for Italy in the 1990 World Cup. (Watch the match here.)

On that subject, Varriale says: “Zenga was a forgotten man [after the 90 World Cup], we invited him to work with us as a pundit.

Zenga: “I would have preferred you to not talk behind my back about my private life and past as a Coach.”

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EV: “You were a great goalkeeper who made few mistakes, but this comment was a mistake, much like the one you made against Argentina that cost us the 1990 World Cup.”

At this point Zenga lost patience and refused to carry on talking to Varriale, trying to change the subject back onto Giuseppe Mascara who scored a hat-trick against Torino to secure the three points. Varriale though refused to back down, warning Zenga to be careful with what he said, insisting that the Italian FA would be listening.

Zenga replied: “Wow, I am so scared, I am quaking in my boots. I came here just to tell you that… you showed a lack of respect and are out of control.”

Zenga has since been fined for his outburst.

Video footage of Walter Zenga’s argument can be seen here.


We would again like to thank James Horncastle from from the excellent Football Italia site for helping to translate this video for us, and filling in the blanks of this story.

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