Chelsea boss Conte reacted angrily to Mourinho’s claim that he does not need to act like a ‘clown’ on the touchline to prove he still has passion for the job.
Conte accused Mourinho being a ‘little man’ and going ‘senile’ and Manchester United‘s manager responded by bringing up the Italian’s previous match-fixing charge.
During his time at Siena, Conte was suspended for four months after failing to report match-fixing, but was later cleared of any wrongdoing in 2016.
Asked about his feelings for Conte ahead of United’s clash with Stoke, Mourinho said: ‘I think when a person insults another you can expect a response.
‘Or you can expect contempt, silence.’
Mourinho knows Conte was ‘hurt’ as a result of his comments but insists he also feels ‘contempt’ for the Italian as a result of the fallout.
He said: ‘The first time he insulted me I had a response, a response that I know that touched the point where he really feels hurt.
‘Then he insulted me for a second time.
‘But now I change and now contempt and for me contempt means end of the story.’