The European Football Union, UEFA, has launched disciplinary proceedings against AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho for insulting the referee after Thursday’s loss to Sevilla in the Europa League final. Punishment threatens both clubs after the heated duel in Budapest due to the behavior of the fans.
Mourinho first harshly criticized England referee Anthony Taylor in the post-match press conference. Subsequently, as he was leaving the stadium, he verbally assaulted him in the VIP car park of Puskás Arény, where his exit was filmed by cameras.
Sevilla won the final of Europe’s second highest competition against AS Roma 4:1 in a penalty shootout, the duel ended 1:1 after 120 minutes. The referee handed out 14 yellow cards, the most in Europa League history. Mourinho also received one for his protests.
The referee was also attacked by angry supporters of the Italian team during his departure from Budapest. The referee and his family had to be escorted out by airport security.
On Thursday, the Gazzetta dello Sport published a video of Roma fans shouting abuse at Taylor. A chair also flew in his direction.
Taylor was criticized for his decisions by Italian team coach José Mourinho, who complained about his verdicts at a press conference and then verbally assaulted him in the Puskás Arena garages as he left Stadium.
PGMOL, the association of English referees, came to the defense of its member and condemned the attacks: “We are appalled by the inexcusable and despicable attack by Anthony Taylor as he tried to return home after the final of the Europa League. Anthony and his family have our full support.”
Sevilla won 4:1 after a penalty shootout, the duel ended 1:1 after 120 minutes. Mourinho, who lost the European Cup final for the first time in his career, received a yellow card from Taylor for protesting during the match, among other things.
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