Roma manager Jose Mourinho has stated that his words against the referee deserved a sending off during the club’s 1-1 draw against Torino.
While Il Toro had taken the lead from Karol Linetty, there was incredible late drama at the end of the game at Stadio Olimpico. While Mourinho was sent off for shouting the official, Andrea Belotti missed a vital penalty. A minute later, Paulo Dybala’s long range shot hit the post but was bundled in by Nemanja Matic.
Mourinho spoke about his sending off after the game and he said that he deserved to be sent off because of what he said to be referee.
He told DAZN (via TMW): “The expulsion is right, my words to the referee deserved a red card. I apologized immediately after the match.”
Mourinho though, also aimed a sly criticism at the refereeing in the game, without really going too overboard with his words.
He stated: “I do not want to comment on the his refereeing. I had the humility to apologize, you judge his performance and the influence he had in the development of the game, beyond the instances.”
The draw means that Roma remained at seventh in Serie A and they have won only one of their last five league games, losing to both Napoli and Lazio. They were held to a draw by Sassuolo in mid-week as well, even though they did manage to beat Ludogorets to reach the next round of the UEFA Europa League.
Kaustubh Pandey | GIFN