Bari coach Conte: Thugs won't keep me away from Lecce
Bari coach Antonio Conte says he won't be frightened away from his hometown after Lecce fans attacked him last weekend.
"As soon as I finished a five-a-side match â" which to make matters worse was a memorial for my cousin Francesco Renna, who died in a car crash a few years back - around seven or eight men walked on to the field and came straight at me," he explained to La Gazzetta dello Sport.
"It was a premeditated attack. Someone told them I was there. They arrived in three different cars during the match and, as soon as the final whistle blew, they took out their weapons.
"Physically I am fine, but psychologically I am hurting badly. I am furious at this incredibly serious incident. It happened in front of my wife, my nine-month-old baby and many other children who were at the game."
Nonetheless, Conte will not change his approach to coming home to the Salento region.
"Lecce is my city. I am not afraid here and blood is thicker than water. My family lives here. I just hope this incident can shock people into realising how ridiculous that attitude is and that those responsible do not get away with it."