BREAKING: UEFA hands Jose Mourinho four-match ban, gives reason

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UEFA has banned Roma manager Jose Mourinho for four matches after he directed abusive language at referee Anthony Taylor after the Italian club lost in the Europa League final to Sevilla on May 31.

After the game in Budapest, footage on social media showed Mourinho confronting Taylor and his team in the car park and labelling their performance a “disgrace.”

The former Manchester United and Chelsea boss also continued his criticism of the officials in his post-match press conference.

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Mourinho is set to serve the ban in next season’s Europa League group stage after being found guilty of “directing abusive language at a match official,” UEFA said in a statement announcing its disciplinary panel’s verdict.

The ban is double the minimum two-game ban required by UEFA disciplinary rules.

One day after the final, Taylor and his family were harassed by Roma fans at the airport in Budapest.

Sevilla won on penalties to condemn Mourinho to his first defeat in a European final after an ill-tempered match that saw British referee Taylor dish out 14 yellow cards, the most ever in a Europa League game, and play almost 30 minutes of stoppage time in total.

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While Mourinho was individually charged, both clubs have also been charged with a number of offences by UEFA.

 

UEFA also fined Roma €50,000 ($54.7m) and will block the club from selling tickets for its next away game in the Europa League. The charges included “lighting of fireworks, throwing of objects, acts of damage and crowd disturbances,” UEFA said.

Roma must also contact the Hungarian football federation to settle damages caused by its fans at Puskas Arena.

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