“Long story short … when people say don’t wear opposition colours to a game in Italy, make sure you don’t,” Coniglio told the new ‘Greats with Garby’ podcast.
“We had a couple of drinks, went to the game and I just went, ‘You know what? I don’t care, we’re buying scarves’ before we went in.
“As we were walking into the game, I had one (scarf) ripped off my neck and thrown into the crowd. Now we’re down to one scarf.
“Higuain scored a late winner, 2-1, and we quickly ran out, but no taxis would take us as Toby still had the scarf on. Quickly before anyone saw us, we slipped the cab driver 20 extra euros or something like that to take us back to the town before anything happened.
“Next minute we’re in the cab and maybe, maybe, maybe, at some point, the scarf went out the window. But the traffic coming out of the game, 80,000 people, you’re at a standstill.
“The poor cab driver had his mirrors taken off and I had spit all over me, because the cab driver was an Inter supporter and wouldn’t put the window up in time.
“We almost had two broken windows to go with it as well. We had to help him out when he eventually got us to the destination. It was a scary, but funny moment.”
Coniglio has Italian heritage on his father’s side and English on his mother’s – that’s where the 26-year-old’s other football loyalty comes from, having been gifted Portsmouth jerseys from family who would visit Australia when he was a kid.
“I’d go over to visit my family every year and I remember four years back, I was visiting … Monday night we had dinner, Tuesday night my aunty said, ‘what do you want to do tonight, what do you feel like for dinner?’ and all this,” Coniglio said.
“I said, ‘I don’t want to be rude or anything but I know Pompey are on tonight. It was an early FA Cup game, I know it’s going to be cold and wet or whatever but I really want to go and watch.’
“My uncle said, ‘I’m glad you asked, I’ve already got four tickets.’
“As big as Juventus are and the success they have, having another team like Portsmouth, you can’t get heckled for being a bandwagoner and a frontrunner all the time.”
Vince is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.