Uefa has suspended Jose Mourinho for four matches for verbally insulting referee Anthony Taylor in the car park following Roma’s Europa League final defeat last month.
The Portuguese coach, who was caught on camera calling Taylor a “f—— disgrace,” will miss the majority of next season’s group games after Uefa confirmed his punishment “for directing abusive language at a match official.”
Mourinho was charged with encouraging Taylor’s attack after the Premier League official and his family were hounded by irate supporters at Budapest Airport on their way back from the final, which Sevilla won on penalties.
Mourinho was unhappy during and after the game due to Taylor handing out many yellow cards. They also had a penalty appeal knocked down, and the winning spot-kick in the shootout was retaken due to a Rui Patricio move off his line before the kick.
Roma were also penalised €5,000 (£4,300) for their players’ unprofessional behaviour, which included running skirmishes with fourth official Michael Oliver.
Following that, the charity Ref Support blamed Mourinho and his team for the attack on Taylor, who requested assistance from Premier League officials following the horrifying occurrence.
“It was an intense, masculine, vibrant game with a referee who seemed Spanish,” said Mourinho on the night of the final. “It was yellow, yellow, yellow all the time,” he said. “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.”