Fresh Serie A Ban Imposed on Mourinho for Chiffi Comments

Just days after UEFA imposed penalties on Roma boss Jose Mourinho, he has now been handed a ten day Serie A ban for his comments against referee Daniel Chiffi following the 1-1 draw vs Monza earlier in May. The Giallorossi’s bid for European qualification took a major hit due to the result, after which the club went on a four-match winless streak, until the final matchday victory against Spezia.

Mourinho called Chiffi ‘the worst referee he had ever seen’ during Roma’s clash against the Biancorossi on May 3. What particularly incensed the veteran was Mehmet Celik’s sending off in added time, reacting to which Mourinho commented.

“Chiffi is the worst referee I have met in my life. He is the worst. Technically he’s horrible. Zero empathy. Zero communication. Zero awareness. A second yellow to a guy who slips in the 96th minute. I stopped 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.”

A €50,000 fine, coupled with a 10-day suspension, means Mourinho will sit out of Roma’s first two Serie A matchdays of the new season. Mourinho claimed to have worn a wire to protect himself from accusations, but the call has ultimately gone against the Special One for his words.

Mourinho was also given a four-match suspension by UEFA last week for his antics aimed at English official Anthony Taylor after Roma’s defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final.

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