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Prankster crashes Antonio Conte's Chelsea press conference





  • Pranksters have presented Antonio Conte with a signed Jose Mourinho shirt 
  • The Chelsea boss was taking questions ahead of Friday's FA Cup clash with Hull
  • A prankster made his way to the front of the room to give the shirt to Conte
  • He also showed Conte a message from the presenters of the Italia 1 show Le Iene

By Max Winters For Mailonline

Published: 09:32 EST, 15 February 2018 | Updated: 10:09 EST, 15 February 2018

Pranksters gatecrashed Antonio Conte's press conference on Thursday to hand the Chelsea boss a Manchester United shirt, personally signed by rival Jose Mourinho.

Alessandro Onnis and Stefano Corti, presenters of the Italia 1 satirical show Le Iene, used a messenger to deliver the jersey to their fellow Italian after they conned Mourinho into signing it last month outside The Lowry Hotel in Manchester.

The Chelsea boss was taking questions from the media ahead of Friday's FA Cup clash with Hull. He had been speaking for around 10 minutes before being approached by a supposed journalist.

Pranksters have handed Antonio Conte a Manchester United shirt signed by Jose Mourinho
Pranksters have handed Antonio Conte a Manchester United shirt signed by Jose Mourinho

Pranksters have handed Antonio Conte a Manchester United shirt signed by Jose Mourinho

The messenger then played a short video to the Chelsea manager on a tablet, which turned out to be a pre-recorded message from Onnis and Corti.

'Antonioooo, we sent you a messenger. A present for you from your brand new friend, Joseee Mourinhoooo. He told us he loves you. Look at what he has written on the present he sent out for you…”Your friend, Jose”,' they said.

'Can you promise us that next time you play against him you will share a sign of peace? Come on, Antonio…you will be friends forever!'

Conte seemingly took the prank well but refused to accept the shirt as the club's media team urged the prankster to wait until the press conference was over before giving him the jersey.   

The Chelsea boss was taking questions from the media ahead of the FA Cup clash with Hull
The Chelsea boss was taking questions from the media ahead of the FA Cup clash with Hull

The Chelsea boss was taking questions from the media ahead of the FA Cup clash with Hull

He had been speaking for  10 minutes before being approached by a supposed journalist
He had been speaking for  10 minutes before being approached by a supposed journalist

He had been speaking for  10 minutes before being approached by a supposed journalist

The jokers delivered the jersey to Conte after they conned Mourinho into signing it last month
The jokers delivered the jersey to Conte after they conned Mourinho into signing it last month

The jokers delivered the jersey to Conte after they conned Mourinho into signing it last month

The joker was eventually escorted out of the press conference after trying to approach Conte again at the end of the broadcast section of proceedings.

The shirt featured Mourinho’s signature and a ‘personalised message’ — but that bit wasn’t actually written by the United boss and instead had been added by the Italians afterwards. 

Mourinho and Conte have been embroiled in a bitter feud in the past. Conte had labelled Mourinho 'senile' and a 'little man' after the Red Devils boss suggested some managers behave like 'clowns' on the sideline. 


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