- Jose Mourinho will presumably be a happy man after a referee he clashed with was relegated to Serie B
- The Roma coach argued with Marco Serra during a Serie A clash last month and was sent off as a result
- Mourinho was then banned for two league games but hit back at Serra with some serious accusations
On February 28, Jose Mourinho made headlines after he was sent off for the third time this season during a Serie A game against Cremonese.
Mourinho making headlines is pretty common but this time, he was infuriated with fourth official, Marco Serra whom he accused of being biased towards AS Roma's next opponents.
Roma were facing Juventus next and Serra hails from Turin.
Mourinho was subsequently banned for two games but was available for the game against Juventus. The Special One had vowed to pursue legal channels against Serra.
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Serra to officiate Serie B
In a new interesting development, Serra has now been demoted to Serie B, with the 40-year-old now set to officiate the upcoming match between Venezia and Como.
Romapress reports that it is unknown whether he will be officiating in the second tier henceforth or if it is just a temporary measure. It is also unknown whether his clash with Mourinho had anything to do with his perceived demotion.
The Special One has never been shy to square up with referees and before the Cremonese red card, he had already been sent off in games against Atalanta and Torino.
Roma resume their push for Champions League football this weekend with a home game against Sampdoria.
Mourinho's contract situation
Sports Brief previously reported that in his first season in charge, Mourinho won the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League with Roma, having finished seventh in Serie A the season before.
The Special One is approaching the final year of his deal in Rome and is still courting interest from top European clubs, including Chelsea and Real Madrid, as well as the Brazilian national team.
Mourinho has received limited backing from the Roma hierarchy in the transfer market, spending only €9 million despite winning a trophy and qualifying for Europa League in his first season.