Opinion

Another Day For Roma Fans & Another Mourinho Ban

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - MAY 31: Jose Mourinho, Head Coach of AS Roma reacts after the UEFA Europa League 2022/23 final match between Sevilla FC and AS Roma at Puskas Arena on May 31, 2023 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Getty Images)
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It is almost becoming a predictable life for fans of Italian Serie A club AS Roma, as we are again at the point where a new day brings a new charge, fine and touch line ban for explosive manager Jose Mourinho.

It was a little over a week ago that the self styled ‘Special One’ was given a four match ban by UEFA after he confronted English referee Anthony Taylor in a car park in Budapest and launched a foul mouthed rant at the official following our penalty defeat to Spanish La Liga side Sevilla in the Europa League Final.

Such is Mourinho’s tendency for the dramatic, which more than keeps him in the regular news cycle, even a stake bonus code India probably carries odds on it only being another month or so before he is in trouble with the authorities again.

Earlier this week, it was then confirmed by the Italian Football Association that following his spat with referee Daniele Chiffi, 60 year old Mourinho had now been handed a ten day suspension beginning on the opening day of our 2023/24 professional campaign.

Having been fined 50,000 Euros on top, the charge follows the Serie A 1-1 draw at the U-Power Stadium with Monza back in May. With Chiffi showing a red card to Zeki Celik six minutes into stoppage time at the end of the game, the gaffer was incensed following the full time whistle and went on to tell the press that the referee was ‘the worst referee I have ever met in my life’.

Mourinho himself had received a yellow card during the regulation 90 minutes for his own behaviour in the dug out, and he of course has history with the official, having previously been on the receiving end of a red card from him back in September. Mourinho also barbed in his interview that he had worn a microphone to protect himself.

“I went to the game with a microphone. I recorded everything. From the moment I left the locker room, to the moment I returned – I protected myself. He is the worst. Technically he’s horrible. Zero empathy. Zero communication. Zero awareness. A second yellow to a guy who slips in the 96th minute…I stopped working 20-30 minutes from the end because I knew he would give me a red card for anything. I didn’t give him the opportunity, I decided no, that’s enough.”

Adding.

“Believe me, I have dealt with many bad referees. Usually, when I talk about referees, it is because they have a direct influence on the game. He is horrible, he makes no human connection with anyone, he has no empathy, he gives a red card to a player who slips because he is exhausted at the 96th minute. Unfortunately, this too is a sign of Roma’s weakness as a club, because we do not have the strength of other clubs who can say we don’t want this referee.”

One thing is for sure, fans will not be expecting Mourinho to calm down any time soon so the 2023/24 campaign is likely to be just as explosive as the last one – if not more so with presumed scores to settle.

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