Roma Director Backs Mourinho After His Latest Antics

José Mourinho has come under fire before and after the Sassuolo game for accusing Domenico Berardi of diving and pressuring the young referee. The Special One put on another show in the post-game press conference, speaking only in Portuguese (via Mediaset).

“My Italian isn’t sufficient and good enough to express certain concepts.”

The Italian FA has opened an inquiry to look into his remarks about official Matteo Marcenaro, Il Messaggero informs.

Director Tiago Pinto came to the defense of his coach to DAZN (via EuroSport).

“I try not to fuel off-the-pitch controversies, but it’s time to say stop. We haven’t received any formal communication, but I trust the common sense of the prosecutor. We have seen coaches who did a lot worse than Mourinho and nothing happened. He didn’t offend anybody. We never had this referee. Everybody is ready to comment on what our gaffer says. Enough is enough. We’re also changing our attitude. If a manager like him can’t use poignant phrases, then I don’t know what else to say.”

Mourinho was appreciative of the exec’s words.

“I want to thank the ownership and director Pinto, who supported me in the last 24 hours. It was a hard-fought victory, but we deserved it. We were the best team on the pitch even when we were trialing. Having balance is key to obtaining results. Fair play? I told Sassuolo that you need to give before receiving, and they have one player who’s lacking on that front.”

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