Jose Mourinho Steps Down from UEFA Board Following Four-Match Ban
Jose Mourinho has decided to step down from his position on the UEFA Football Board.
Jose Mourinho has made the decision to quit the UEFA Football Board. The decision was communicated via a letter addressed to Zvonimir Boban, the UEFA director and Chief of Football. The letter, penned by Mourinho himself, was clear and unequivocal.
“In thanking you for the invitation you extended to me to be a member of the UEFA Football Board, I regret to inform you that, effective immediately, I will be renouncing my participation in this group,” Mourinho wrote. “The conditions which I so strongly believed in when I joined are no longer standing and I felt the obligation to take this decision.”
The Portuguese coach’s decision comes on the heels of UEFA’s recent sanctions on Roma, which included a four-match ban for Mourinho. This was in response to his conduct towards referee Anthony Taylor in the aftermath of the Europa League final. Mourinho was accused of directing “abusive language” towards Taylor during and after his side’s penalty shootout defeat by Sevilla in Budapest in May.
The UEFA Football Board, an advisory board made up of former players and elite coaches, is designed to tackle issues around the laws of the game, refereeing, and the football calendar. Mourinho’s departure from this board is a significant development, and it remains to be seen how this will impact the board’s future decisions and actions.
Mourinho’s letter also requested that his decision be communicated to UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin. As of now, there has been no public response from Čeferin or any other UEFA officials regarding Mourinho’s departure from the board.