Mourinho hit with 10-day Serie A suspension for criticizing referee

AP , Thursday 29 Jun 2023

Roma coach Jose Mourinho was handed a 10-day suspension for the start of the Serie A season for comments he made about an Italian referee.

Roma's head coach Jose Mourinho walks away with his second-place medal after receiving it at the end of the Europa League final soccer match between Sevilla and Roma, at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, May 31, 2023. Sevilla defeated Roma 4-1 in a penalty shootout after the match ended tied 1-1. Photo: AP


Wednesday’s ban by the Italian soccer federation means Mourinho will miss Roma’s opening match next season and will likely also miss the team’s second game, depending on when the matches are scheduled.

Mourinho was punished for claiming Daniele Chiffi was “the worst referee I have ever seen in my career” after Roma’s 1-1 draw at Monza on May 3.

The Portuguese coach was also fined 50,000 euros ($55,000), as was Roma.

The 60-year-old Mourinho was banned for four matches by UEFA last week for abusing English referee Anthony Taylor at the Europa League final on May 31.

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