The Portuguese confronted the referee in a car park after Roma’s Europa League final defeat to Sevilla in Budapest, Hungary.
AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho told referee, Anthony Taylor, that he is a ‘f—ing disgrace’ during a heated confrontation in a car park on Wednesday night.
This outburst came after Roma’s defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final. The two sides finished 1-1 in Budapest, but Sevilla took the crown upon besting Mourinho’s team 4-1 in a penalty shootout.
It marked Mourinho’s first loss in a European final. The Portuguese threw his runners-up medal into the crowd afterward and made his feelings about Taylor clear, accusing the referee of ‘seeming Spanish’ upon dishing out 14 yellow cards – eight of which were for Roma.
In a clip from Sportitalia, he was later seen approaching Taylor at the match officials’ minibus, shouting: “F—ing disgrace man, it’s a f—ing disgrace”.
He then berated Taylor further in Italian before adding: “Congratulations, you f—ing disgrace… F— off.”
Speaking to Sky Sport Italia about Taylor’s performance in the final, Mourinho said: “It was an intense, masculine, vibrant game with a referee who seemed Spanish. It was yellow, yellow, yellow all the time. We are accustomed to the influence of referees in our games. It’s nothing new, but I didn’t expect it in a European final.”
𝗠𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗵𝗼: “𝗦𝗲𝗶 𝘂𝗻𝗮 𝗳*****𝗮 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘇𝗶𝗮‼️”
L’allenatore della Roma urla tutta la sua rabbia in faccia all’arbitro Taylor🤬 Mentre Rosetti, designatore UEFA, cerca di calmarlo
— Sportitalia (@tvdellosport) May 31, 2023
Is this the end of Mourinho’s time in Italy?
The Europa League final defeat not only cost Roma a second consecutive European title, but it also meant last season’s Europa Conference League winners won’t qualify for the 2023/24 Champions League.
The result has already prompted doubts over Mourinho’s future. Recent reports have linked him with a summer move to French champions Paris Saint-Germain.
“I have to fight for these lads and therefore not say objectively that I will remain,” the 60-year-old said. “I spoke to the club in December when I had that approach from the Portuguese national team.
“I’ve not had any contact with anyone else since then. I have a year left on my contract and this is the situation.”
Despite the loss, Mourinho added that he is proud of his players in his post-match interview, saying: “I return home prouder than ever this time. The lads gave absolutely everything this season.”
Roma return to action on Sunday for their season finale against Spezia in Serie A. The Yellow and Reds are sixth in the standings, one point above seventh-placed Juventus. They must win the game to guarantee Europa League football for next season.