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Ex Premier League Referee Calls for Jose Mourinho to Be Banned for 6 Games
- Jose Mourinho was critical of referee Anthony Taylor’s performance during the Europa League final
- The gaffer went to the lengths of confronting the English referee in the parking lot after the game
- One former Premier League manager is now calling for a ban on Jose Mourinho for his behaviour
Former Premier League referee, Mark Halsey, has called for a ban to be imposed on Jose Mourinho for 'indefensible' behaviour during and after the Europa League final.
Mourinho lost his first ever European final on Wednesday, May 31, as Roma were beaten by Sevilla on penalties.
The AS Roma coach was highly critical of referee, Anthony Taylor throughout the game and took his frustrations out on the English official and his team after full-time in the car park.
A video doing rounds on social media shows an irate Mourinho muttering, 'You’re a [expletive] disgrace in reference to Taylor’s performance in the Europa League final.
Video footage (explicit content warning):
That was not the end of Taylor’s woes, as the referee was swarmed by angry Roma fans at the airport as he was preparing for a flight back in Britain from Budapest, as reported on Sky Sports.
This series of events have divided fans online, with majority now turning on Mourinho, who they blamed for Taylor’s encounter with the hostile fans.
Meanwhile, Halsey, who officiated in the Premier League from 1999 to 2013, believes a heavy ban should be imposed on Mourinho and Roma.
"Jose Mourinho's attack on Anthony Taylor in the Budapest car park was indefensible," Halsey wrote, as quoted on Express Sport.
"Fines and touchline bans are not a deterrent, so I hope Europe’s governing body acts. The level of abuse towards officials is evident in Europe and in English football and points deductions are the only answer. The FA revealed this week they are bringing this punishment into grassroots football but it should start at the top."
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According to the former Premier League referee, Sevilla and Roma should also be slapped with a three-point deduction from their next European campaigns.
“I would also ban Mourinho, wherever he goes, for six games because of his unacceptable conduct.”
Mourinho congratulated Mendilibar before penalty
Sports Brief also reported on an interesting incident that saw Mourinho congratulate the Sevilla manager before the penalty shootout was over in the Europa League final.
When Gonzalo Montiel stepped up, his first effort was stopped by Rui Patricio. However, Taylor ordered the penalty to be retaken after the keeper was seen to be off his line.
Just before the Argentine went in for his second attempt, Mourinho approached the Sevilla huddle and seemed to congratulate the opposition coach, Jose Mendilibar.