>> AS Roma soccer coach José Mourinho during the Europa League final match against Sevilla, May 31, 2023, Budapest.
Nyon (Switzerland) – UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho, who verbally abused a referee after Thursday's loss to Sevilla in the Europa League final. Punishment threatens both clubs after the heated duel in Budapest due to the behavior of the fans.
He first harshly criticized Mourinho's English referee Anthony Taylor at the post-match press conference. Subsequently, while leaving the stadium, he verbally attacked him in the VIP parking lot of Puskás Arény, where his exit was captured by cameras.
Sevilla won the final of the second highest European competition over AS Rome 4:1 in a penalty shootout, it ended after 120 minutes duel 1:1. The referee handed out 14 yellow cards, which is the most in the history of the Europa League. Mourinho also received one for his protests.
The referee was also attacked by angry fans of the Italian team during his departure from Budapest. The arbitrator and his family had to be escorted by airport security.