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"Send me to prison if you want": Ilie Nastase REFUSES to apologise for f-word outburst at Johanna Konta

Mirror logo Mirror 24/04/2017 Paul Martin

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Tennis legend Ilie Nastase last night said he was not sorry at his foul-mouthed bust-up with British women tennis stars.

In an exclusive interview with the Daily Mirror he said: “I don’t regret it and they can send me to prison if they want - I don’t care.”

The controversial star sparking uproar after calling Great Britain captain Anne Keothavong and her team-mate Johanna Konta “f---ing b--ches” during a Federation Cup tie.

Credits: REUTERS © Provided by Trinity Mirror Shared Services Limited Credits: REUTERS He is already under investigation for making a racist jibe about the colour of Serena Williams’s unborn baby.

He admitted abusing the British women and said: “I’m invited to Wimbledon every year by the All England club - it’s a special day.

“The probably won’t invite me this year but I don’t care really.

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“I was just trying to promote the interest of my girl.

“The English player just stormed off without even asking permission to leave the court and I admit that’s when I called her a b--ch.

“She kept trying to keep the crowd quiet - but it’s not an opera it’s a game.

“These people want to make a tennis match like a silent movie.

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“I don’t need this bullsh-t. I’m 70 years old. I don’t even get paid for being team captain.

“I don’t’ give a sh-t if they fine me or don’t let me sit in the captain’s chair.

“Remember I was world number one if you throw someone out who was a world number one - it’s not good for tennis.”

Referring to his comments about Serena Williams pregnancy he said “I don’t know what all the fuss is about.”

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Last week he was heard speaking in Romanian: “Let’s see what colour it has. Chocolate with milk?”

The latest insult from Nastase led to him being thrown off the court, and Great Britain’s Federation Cup play-off against Romania was temporarily suspended.

Konta was visibly traumatised and in tears. She later resumed and won the match.

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The latest controversy to engulf the 70-year-old former world No 1 erupted after he became embroiled in a row about noise from the crowd.

Nastase, who is Romania’s Fed Cup captain, now faces a lengthy ban from tennis.

The world governing body said it was looking into “this matter as well as previous comments made by Mr Nastase during the week”.

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