On Tuesday, Roma suffered a painful 1-2 loss to Cremonese, the last team in the league at the time of the opening whistle, for whom this victory was the first in 31 games in Serie A. It is a repeat The longest series without a win, similar to that of 1993 -2004, was issued by Ancona.
But everyone will remember this game not for a historic achievement, in its own way, and not even for the giallorossi’s failure, but for the elimination of José Mourinho in the first minute of the second half. By that time, the Romans were already inferior on the scoreboard, never hitting the target.
The Portuguese came out in the second half already mixed up, because, like the Roma players, it seemed to him that the first goal against his team was preceded by a handball. And at the beginning of the second half, he immediately began to complain to reserve referee Marco Serra after main referee Marco Piccinini missed his pupil Marash Kumbula’s clash with striker Frank Tsaju. The reserve turned to the main, and Mourinho saw a red light in front of him, but he went to the stands only after a skirmish with Piccinini.
After the game, he was unstoppable.
Sierra is a liar. Do you want to know what happened? It was a completely normal episode, of which there are 50 in a game, in which the substitute referee tells the coach to remain calm and sit on the bench. Those who have known me for a long time know that I am an emotional person, but not crazy. Such a reaction was caused by serious statements addressed to me. We have to see if there is anything we can do legally. The judges told me that there was no record of Serra’s words, and I wonder if the gentlemen of the prosecution, who listen to everything, understood something of what they told me.
Piccinini gave me a red card, based on what the substitute had informed him, who at the same time lacked the honesty to tell me what and how he said, influencing my reaction. He spoke to me in an inappropriate way. After the game, I told him: “I want you to tell me everything honestly.” But he has memory lapses, he forgot him.
I don’t want to get into the fact that we will play Juventus on Sunday. I hate missing this game. Serra is from Turin, but I don’t think that’s the point here,” Mourinho fumed.
The impressive thing about Italian football is the power of law enforcement. Juventus knows it first hand. The reaction of the federal prosecutor’s office after the media publications followed immediately: an investigation into this episode has already been launched. Both Mourinho and Serra will be questioned soon.
According to the Italian press, the essence of the incident is that after the martial arts that caused Mourinho’s discontent, the coach turned to Serra for clarification, and he replied: “Mind your own business.” A furious Mourinho, Serra relayed the information to Piccinini, who showed the Portuguese a red card, to which the Portuguese reacted with the words: “You should send him off, not me.” In response, the reservation issued a phrase wishing to “go home”, which in “The Diamond Hand” would be called “an untranslatable pun on local idioms”.