Roma vs Napoli at Heart of Controversy, Mourinho Manages Team from the Stands

The Roma vs Napoli Serie A blockbuster this past weekend was an encounter filled with memorable moments, even though it finished in a stalemate between the Giallorossi and the Partneopei at the Stadio Olimpico.

It is reported that the home side have been inflicted with a substantial fine of €10,000 for ‘territorially insulting’ chants aimed towards Napoli fans.

According to an official statement by FIGC, a section of the Curva Sud Roma, the club’s ultras in the south stand struck an  abusive and ‘racially-motivated discriminatory chant’ at Napoli’s Nigerian marksman Victor Osimhen.

All these incidents occurred during the course of 90 minutes when Roma coach Jose Mourinho was sent to the stands after being sent off midway through the second half.

The former Inter manager was escorted off field at the thunderous applause of the Stadio Olimpico – lauding the tactician’s actions to protest and question the referee’s decision to an apparent foul on Giallorossi forward Nicolo Zaniolo.

Hilariously, footage has emerged of the Portuguese tactician trying to instruct his players from over the railings, with the caption: “When you have no ticket and you desperately want to watch a great football game,” on his official Insatgram channel (via

After the match, he said: “It was an intense game, I saw tired players, we had our chances, it was a unique game also for the two red cards shown to the coaches.

“I wasn’t happy about the referee’s decision, but I didn’t say a word. Nobody is going home happy, both coaches were sent off, but I think the referee was balanced.”

Napoli boss Luciano Spalletti was also sent off after the match ended, by referee Davide Massa.

Reacting to which he said: “I went to him to say, ‘By the way, well done’. He put it all together and he showed me a red card.

“I’m devastated, really, and perhaps even Massa is sorry… To me, Massa officiated really well and we didn’t cause trouble for him.”

Atalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini and Inter manager Simone Inzaghi were also banned in their respective matches with red cards.