Roma boss Mourinho handed four-game ban by UEFA 

Roma boss Mourinho handed four-game ban by UEFA 

AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho has received a four-game suspension from UEFA after “directing abusive language” towards referee Anthony Taylor during last month’s Europa League final.

The Portuguese manager was seen in a video footage approaching the English official in the garage of the stadium in Budapest and calling him a “disgrace”.

The former Chelsea and Inter Milan manager will serve the ban in the Europa League group stage next season after he was found guilty of abusing a match official, as announced in a statement released by UEFA’s disciplinary panel.

The panel handed the 60-year-old tactician double the minimum two-game ban required by UEFA disciplinary rules.

The Giallorossi lost the game to record-winners Sevilla 4-1 on penalties following a 1-1 draw after regulation time, ending their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League in the 2023–24 season.

However, Mourinho and many Roma fans believed Taylor’s officiating was unfair and biased, as a number of calls did not go the way of the Italians, most notably a penalty call in the second half after a Sevila defender handed the ball in his own box.

Roma were also fined 50,000 euros by UEFA, and the European football body will also prohibit the club from selling tickets for its next away game in the Europa League.

They must also contact the Hungarian Football Federation to settle the damages caused by its fans at Puskas Arena.

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