Mourinho suspended for two matches for insulting referee

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(Reuters) – AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho has been handed a two-game touchline ban after he was sent off during his side’s 2-2 draw with Hellas Verona, a Serie A sports judge said on Tuesday.

Mourinho was sent off in the final stages of Saturday’s game at the Stadio Olimpico for remonstrating with referee Luca Pairetto, before kicking a ball into the stands.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said Mourinho “made serious allegations” against the referee, and entered the pitch “with a threatening attitude, blatantly disputing the refereeing decision”.

Mourinho made a telephone gesture towards Pairetto, which Italian media reported was in reference to his father Pierluigi, who was involved in the Italian match-fixing scandal of 2006.

The Portuguese coach, who left the stadium without stopping for post-match media duties following his side’s draw, has also been fined 20,000 Euros ($23,000).

Roma are eighth in Serie A after three straight draws. Mourinho will not be in the dugout for their trip to Spezia and the home match against Atalanta.

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(Reporting by Peter Hall, editing by Ed Osmond)

Photo Roma’s head coach Jose Mourinho (L) reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between AS Roma and Hellas Verona FC at the Olimpico stadium in Rome, Italy, 19 February 2022. EPA-EFE/RICCARDO ANTIMIANI

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