Jose Mourinho Handed Four-Game UEFA Ban Following Europa League Final Incident
Jose Mourinho has been handed a four-match ban by UEFA. The ban comes as a result of Mourinho’s verbal abuse towards Manchester official Anthony Taylor following the Europa League final.
The final, which saw Roma face off against Sevilla, ended in a 1-1 draw, with Sevilla ultimately triumphing on penalties. Mourinho was reportedly incensed by some of the decisions made during the game and confronted Taylor in a car park after the match. In video footage that later surfaced on social media, Mourinho can be seen gesticulating at Taylor and other officials, branding the situation a “disgrace”.
In a post-match interview, Mourinho accused Taylor of favouring Sevilla, stating that Taylor “seemed Spanish to me.” This comment, along with his actions after the game, led to widespread criticism and a subsequent charge by UEFA on June 2.
Mourinho defended his actions, stating, “I need to defend my lads, and I must say that we are used to it, but still seeing this kind of refereeing in a European final is really, really hard. It was an intense, vibrant game with a referee who seemed Spanish. It was yellow, yellow, yellow all the time.”
The ban means that Mourinho will not be present in the dugout for the first four group matches in next season’s Europa League.