Roma’s Jose Mourinho hit with 10-day suspension over comments bashing referee

Roma coach José Mourinho was handed a 10-day suspension for the start of the Serie A season for comments he made about an Italian referee.

Wednesday’s ban by the Italian soccer federation means Mourinho will miss Roma’s opening match next season and will likely also miss the team’s second game, depending on when the matches are scheduled.

Jose Mourinho after match

Jose Mourinho after UEFA Europa League Final 2023: Sevilla vs Roma, disputed on Puskas Arena, Budapest, 31 May 2023 (Flaviu Buboi/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Mourinho was punished for claiming Daniele Chiffi was “the worst referee I have ever seen in my career” after Roma’s 1-1 draw at Monza on May 3.

Jose Mourinho at soccer game

Dejection of Jose Mourinho coach of AS Roma at the end of the Europa League Final between Sevilla FC and AS Roma at Puskas Arena stadium. Budapest (Hungary), May 31st, 2023 ( Cesare Purini/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)


The Portuguese coach was also fined 50,000 euros ($55,000), as was Roma.

Jose Mourinho after match

Jose Mourinho, Head Coach of AS Roma, applauds fans following the Serie A match between AS Roma and Spezia Calcio at Stadio Olimpico on June 04, 2023 in Rome, Italy.  (Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

The 60-year-old Mourinho was banned for four matches by UEFA last week for abusing English referee Anthony Taylor at the Europa League final on May 31.

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