Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

 The Italian club, Roma, refused to appeal the penalty of banning the Portuguese coach, Jose Mourinho, by the sports judge, after the crisis in the Hellas Verona match in Serie A, which ended in a positive draw between the two teams, 2-2.

The Portuguese coach, Jose Mourinho, coach of the Italian team, Roma, was suspended for two matches for insulting the referee, while the sporting director, Thiago Pinto, was suspended until March 8, and other members of the technical staff were punished.

According to the Italian newspaper, Gazzetta dello Sport, Roma refused to escalate to the European Union or the international community regarding the sanctions in an attempt to calm the situation there, despite their belief that the sentences that were put in the report were inaccurate and had no real evidence about them.

Jose Mourinho’s absence on the bench against Atalanta was definitively confirmed and he will return to the league on March 13th in Udine against Udinese.

The incident that saw Mourinho expelled from the match, as he was seen imitating the phone movement of referee Luca Barreto, the son of former referee Pierluigi Barreto, who was accused in the 2006 Calcio match-fixing scandal.

The elder Pareto was found in frequent phone contact with then-Juventus manager Luciano Moggi, but he confirmed that he had contacted managers from various other clubs as well.

So, the phone imitation movement was seen as a direct reference from Mourinho to the Calciopoli scandal, but the disciplinary committee report indicated that Mourinho also approached the referee after the final whistle in the tunnel, to continue these dangerous insinuations.

Mourinho was also fined 20,000 euros and suspended Thiago Pinto until March 8, while Mourinho’s assistant coach Luis da Costa Nuno Santos was suspended for two matches.

Fitness coach Stefano Rabetti was suspended for one match and fined 5,000 euros for insulting the Verona bench members.

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