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Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte under police security following ‘bullet threat’


Antonio Conte coach of FC Internazionale reacts during the... Photo by Andrea Staccioli/LightRocket via Getty Images

A shocking and random story out of Italy today, with former Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte being placed under increased police security following an anonymous threat that included a bullet.

It’s unclear whether Conte received the threatening envelope at his home or at the Internazionale training ground, but police have stepped up security in both locations with active monitoring around the residence and the club. Police are also analyzing the envelope as well as video surveillance footage to see if they can identify the source of the letter, which included not only the bullet itself but “a series” of verbal threats as well.

Police apparently believe that the probability is high that this is simply attention-seeking behavior from the anonymous “mythomaniac”, but have obviously advised all concerned to be extra vigilant. There’s no mention whether the threats are at all football-related (Inter are surely doing well enough in both Europe and in the Serie A), or something else. Corriere della Sera’s report claims that there is no suggestion of any involvement or ties to organized crime or extreme-fringe elements/ultras.

We’d like to think that the police will indeed be right, but you simply never know these days in this ridiculous world of ours. Stay safe, Antonio!

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