Jose Mourinho charged by UEFA over criticism of referee

Roma boss was also given a yellow card in the UEL final

By Web Desk
June 02, 2023
Jose Mourinho walking after the Europa League final — Twitter / @FabrizioRomano

AS Roma head coach Jose Mourinho has been charged by UEFA over criticism of English referee Anthony Taylor following Roma’s defeat against Sevilla in the UEFA Europa League (UEL) final on Wednesday (May 31).

Mourinho was seen criticising the Englishman in his post-match conference after the UEL final. In a video circulating on social media, Jose was also heard calling the English referee a “disgrace”.

Mourinho’s charge for using insulting/abusive language towards a match official is one of a number of charges levelled against both clubs after a stormy final that yielded 13 yellow cards.

A Premier League spokesperson said: “We are shocked and appalled by the unacceptable abuse directed at Anthony Taylor and his family as they travelled back from the UEFA Europa League Final.

“No one should have to suffer the inexcusable behaviour they had to endure yesterday.

“Anthony is one of our most experienced and accomplished match officials and we fully support him and his family.”

The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) said in a statement on Thursday evening: “PGMOL is aware of videos circulating on social media showing Anthony Taylor and his family being harassed and abused at Budapest Airport.

“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.

“We will continue to provide our full support to Anthony and his family.”

Controversy aroused after Roma were denied a penalty after an alleged handball by a Sevilla player in the penalty box at around 80 minutes, a member of Mourinho’s staff was also shown a yellow card for protesting.

The Portuguese was also shown a yellow card at around 120 minutes for protesting over an unfavourable decision by the English referee.

It must be noted that Mourinho lost his first-ever European final. He coached five European finals before today and won all. He has won the UEFA Cup in 2003, UEFA Champions League (UCL) in 2004 with Porto, UCL with Inter Milan in 2010, Europa League with Manchester United in 2017 and UECL in 2022 with Roma.