Jose Mourinho handed 10-day Serie A suspension for referee criticism

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Jose Mourinho, who wore a microphone during AS Roma’s match against Monza in May as a means of self-protection, couldn’t resist making a critical comment about the referee after the game. As a result, he has been given a 10-day ban from the touchline starting on Wednesday.

The Italian FA has announced that Mourinho will be unable to attend his team’s first Serie A match due to a suspension. Additionally, he has been fined 50,000 euros for remarks directed at referee Daniele Chiffi.

Jose Mourinho heavily condemned Chiffi following Roma’s 1-1 league match against Monza, describing him as “the worst referee I have encountered in my entire career.” The 60-year-old Portuguese manager had entered the game with the intention of doing everything possible to avoid receiving penalties from the referees.

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“I’m not stupid, you know,” Mourinho said at the time.

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“Today, I went to the game with a microphone. I recorded everything. From the moment I left the locker room, to the moment I returned. I protected myself.”

However, despite his previous experiences with referees, the ex-Chelsea and Real Madrid coach found himself in trouble for his remarks following the game.

“I stopped working (talking) 20-30 minutes from the end because I knew he would give me a red card for anything. I didn’t give him the opportunity, I decided no, that’s enough,” said Mourinho.

“He is horrible, he makes no human connection with anyone, he has no empathy, he gives a red card to a player who slips because he is exhausted at the 96th minute.”

Mourinho has been hit with his second penalty within a week, as UEFA has banned him for four Europa League matches due to his use of offensive language towards referee Anthony Taylor during Roma’s defeat to Sevilla in the final. 

Additionally, Roma has been fined 50,000 euros, in addition to the 55,000 euro fine imposed by UEFA on the club.

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