Mourinho Gets Away with Fine for His Latest Controversy

José Mourinho will avoid a suspension for his preventive remarks against referee Matteo Marcenaro, whom he deemed unfit for Roma-Sassuolo, and Domenico Berardi, whom he accused of being unsportsmanlike for diving.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Special One plea-bargained a €20k fine. He and the club convinced the prosecutor that his words weren’t interpreted correctly and weren’t derogatory in the first place.

The Giallorossi will pay an equal amount for objective responsibility due to an infraction by somebody under contract with them. The club and Mourinho will donate the money to AIL, the Italian Association against leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma.

The gaffer claimed the young official didn’t have emotional stability and criticized Berardi. He successfully convinced Giuseppe Chinè that something got lost in translation. After the start of the inquiry, he held up his line of defense by speaking to the press in Portuguese.

Mourinho asked to plead his case in person with the prosecutor and the referees’ association, and his words broke through. He suggested he had learned from the misstep in his statements before the Fiorentina match.

“I think coaches shouldn’t speak about officials before games. It’s a thought I came to on my own and relayed to the authorities. We could be happy or not after the final whistle, but we should start  from the principle that referees just want to do well and leave them alone beforehand.”

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