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01st Jun 2023

Jose Mourinho effs and blinds at Anthony Taylor in x-rated car park rant after Europa League final loss

Niall McIntyre

Jose Mourinho confronted referee Anthony Taylor in the car-park after Roma’s loss to Sevilla in the Europa League final.

The legendary Portuguese manager was incandescent over the English official’s performance and gave him both barrels, through English and Italian, while he tried to leave the Puskas Arena.

Roma lost what was a high-tempered affair in Budapest as after a scrappy 1-1 draw, Gianluca Mancini and Roger Ibanez missed their penalties in the shoot-out.

The defeat wipes Mourinho’s stainless 5-0 record in European finals as Sevilla came good again in this competition to win their seventh title.

Tempers flared in a game that produced 13 yellow cards, where both dug-outs bounced and raged over every decision that went against them – and, for Mourinho anyway, it all boiled over in the car-park an hour after the game.

“It’s a f***ing disgrace man. It’s a f***ing disgrace,” he roared at Taylor as attempts to restrain him were avoided.

“Congratulations, f***king disgrace.”

Mourinho himself and some coaching staff were booked during the game, and the decision that really irked them was when Taylor opted not to give a penalty for a Fernando handball in the dying stages of normal time. The ball did strike Fernando’s hand, but the referee felt his hand was in a natural position.

The 60-year-old manager criticised Taylor too in his post-match interview.

‘I’m a little tired of being a coach, a man of communication, the face of the club that says we were robbed after every game. I’m tired of acting on every front,” said the former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach.

“Next year we won’t be playing the Champions League and that’s a good thing because we’re not made for it,’ he said.

“And let’s hope that Taylor, only officiates games in the Champions League and does the same bull**** there that he did tonight, and not in the Europa League.’

Mourinho added to the comments by claiming his former Tottenham player Lamela should have been sent off for Sevilla in the closing stages of the match.

Lamela avoided a second yellow card for a foul in stoppage time at the end of extra time.

‘It was an intense, vibrant game with a referee who seemed Spanish,’ Mourinho said. ‘It was yellow, yellow, yellow all the time.”

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