Former AC Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi claims he didn’t mean to accuse Inter Milan of cheating in his earlier comments.

The legendary tactician sparked some controversy in a recent statement.

In his quotes, he considered the clubs that win championships while indebted to be cheating. When the interviewer asked him if this includes the Nerazzurri, the 77-year-old responded with a stark “yes”.

As we reported earlier today, Inter opted against publicly replying to the comments.

Yet, the statements still caused an uproar among the club’s supporters, so Sacchi felt he had to clarify his words.

The former Milan manager is now insisting that his statements weren’t directed towards the Serie A leaders.

“On Tuesday 9 April, during the presentation of my book at the Hotel Federico II in Jesi, I told an anecdote about a disagreement I had with President Berlusconi regarding the purchase of some big players,” explained Sacchi in a new statement via ANSA.

“I was underlining how investing in attractive names would have led to a red balance sheet. And for him (Berlusconi), winning with a red balance sheet would have been like cheating.

Arrigo Sacchi Retracts His Statements On Inter Milan

“My statement was completely general and had absolutely no reference to Inter whom I have nothing against. They are having a good season.

“I also praised the work of Simone Inzaghi as head coach. He is evolving from a tactician to a strategist, which is a significant growth,” he concluded.

Sacchi rose to fame during the late eighties when he led Milan towards back-to-back European Cup triumphs.

He was also at the helm of the Italian national in the 1994 World Cup where the Azzurri fell short in the final against Brazil after dramatic penalty shootouts.