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Investigation opened into fourth official Marco Serra’s conduct during Mourinho spat

CREMONA, ITALY - FEBRUARY 28: Jose Mourinho, Head Coach of AS Roma, receives a red card from Referee Marco Piccinini during the Serie A match between US Cremonese and AS Roma at Stadio Giovanni Zini on February 28, 2023 in Cremona, Italy. (Photo by Alessandro Sabattini/Getty Images)
John Solano
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The FIGC’s (Italian FA) Procura Federale, Federal Prosecutor’s Office, released a statement early this afternoon confirming an investigation has been launched regarding the spat between fourth official Marco Serra and Roma manager Jose Mourinho.

The Special One was sent off early in the second half of the capital club’s humiliating 2-1 defeat to Cremonese. Following the match, he accused Serra of hurling inflammatory statements towards him and requested the audio of their exchange be released.

AIA, the Italian Referees Association, published a statement claiming the fourth official isn’t fitted for audio recordings. Just hours later, several media outlets published video of the incident where Serra is seen telling Mourinho, “Everyone’s taking the piss out of you.”

As a result, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office opened an inquest into the matter with Serra widely expected to be levied punishment.