UEFA charge Mourinho for abusing referee after Europa League final

AFP , Friday 2 Jun 2023

UEFA began disciplinary proceedings on Friday against AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho for using insulting and abusive language against the referee in the Europa League final against Sevilla.

Jose Mourinho
AS Roma s Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho (C) is held back during an argument during the UEFA Europa League final football match between Sevilla FC and AS Roma at the Puskas Arena in Budapest on May 31, 2023. Photo: AFP


Mourinho was filmed repeatedly calling English referee Anthony Taylor a "disgrace" in a profanity-laced tirade in the stadium car park in Budapest after Wednesday's final, which Roma lost in a penalty shootout.

Roma will also be charged after their supporters threw objects and lit fireworks and caused crowd disturbances.

Sevilla were charged with similar infractions.

Taylor booked 13 players, seven of them Roma players, while the bad-tempered game was littered with delays due to the unusually high number of fouls.

The English referee was then targeted by angry Roma supporters at Budapest Airport.

Referees' body PGMOL said: "We are appalled at the unjustified and abhorrent abuse directed at Anthony and his family as he tries to make his way home from refereeing the UEFA Europa League final."

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