Jose Mourinho gets 4-match ban by UEFA for abusing referee


In response to the Italian club’s defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final on May 31, Jose Mourinho, the head coach of Roma, has been given a four-game European suspension by UEFA.

After the match in Budapest, Hungary, video surfaced of Roma coach addressing English referee Anthony Taylor in the stadium garage and using the word “disgrace” to describe him.

After a 1-1 draw, Roma’s final chance to advance to the Champions League the next year was lost against Sevilla on penalties.

Mourinho will serve the suspension throughout the Europa League group stage of the upcoming season after being found responsible for “directing abusive language at a match official,” according to a statement released by UEFA following the disciplinary panel’s decision.

The ban exceeds the minimum two-game suspension mandated by UEFA disciplinary guidelines by two games.

Additionally, UEFA penalized Roma €50,000 (about $55,000) and forbade the team from selling tickets for its upcoming away Europa League game. Infractions included “lighting of fireworks, throwing of objects, acts of damage, and crowd disturbances,” according to UEFA.

Roma must also get in touch with the Hungarian football association to resolve issues brought up by its supporters at Puskas Arena.

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