Jose Mourinho sent off after gesture towards referee in Roma draw

Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho’s spell in charge of AS Roma is proving to be a wild ride.

It seems barely a week goes by without the Portuguese coach making headlines for one reason or another. 

Last month he questioned the psychological makeup of his players after they surrendered a 3-1 lead to lose to Juventus. 

“There are people in this locker room who are a bit too nice, a bit too weak,” the 59-year-old said.

Meanwhile, he raged at the officials earlier in February after a goalless draw against Genoa.

“This is where we are, we are considered a small club,” Mourinho complained.

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Mourinho was sent off on Saturday

At this point, you can expect to see some Mourinho controversy on your timeline whenever Roma play and so it proved in their 2-2 draw against Verona on Saturday.

Mourinho was sent off in second-half stoppage time after referee Luca Pairetto grew tired of his behaviour.

The Roma boss was upset throughout the match – and he made his feelings known.

Mourinho’s telephone gesture

After his constant complains, Mourinho even had the nerve to produce a telephone gesture with his hand towards Pairetto.

It was a seemingly innocuous move but upon further investigation, there might have been something insincere to it.

As pointed out by @francescalcio_ on Twitter, Mourinho’s gesture could have been a reference to Pairetto’s dad, Pierluigi, who was involved in the Calciopoli refereeing scandal that marred Italian football in 2006.

What was Calciopoli?

Calciopoli was a match fixing scandal in which Juventus executives were found to be affecting refereeing assignments in Serie A. Pierluigi Pairetto, the president of the Italian Referees’ Association, was given a 42-month ban from football and a 16-month prison sentence, but he was later acquitted.

The case came to light after thousands of hours of phone calls were unearthed via wire-tapped phone calls.

So perhaps Mourinho was referencing Calciopoli with his gesture to Luca Pairetto. 

If so, that’s an extremely bold move from the Roma boss.

Roma 2-2 Verona

Mourinho watched his side fight back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 thanks to goals from Cristian Volpato and Edoardo Bove, two teenagers who saved the Giallorossi.

However, Roma are now winless in their past three Serie A matches and 15 points behind leaders AC Milan.

The Ultimate Jose Mourinho ‘Did he say it?’ Quiz

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We’ll start with an easy one. Did Jose Mourinho really say this? “I’m European champion. I’m not one out of the bottle, I think I’m a special one”

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