JOSE MOURINHO’s adult attack on Anthony Taylor in the Budapest car park was unjustifiable.
Roma coach Mourinho’s actions after the game by following Prem referee Taylor and other match officials were out of order, but the abuse was even worse.
I have never seen such appalling behavior by a manager towards an official.
As much as footballers like Mourinho, you can’t chase the officials after a game.
I can’t understand what he was thinking. Where’s the respect in questioning Taylor’s integrity by calling him a Spaniard in his post-game press conference?
What message does his words and actions send to all viewers around the world?
Emotional and frustrated, Mourinho was looking for someone to blame for Roma not winning the Europa League, but he crossed the line here.
He tried to make Taylor the scapegoat for the Sevilla defeat, but anyone watching knew it wasn’t Taylor’s fault or any of his fellow referees.
Roma missed chances and then penalties – it’s not the referees’ fault.
A VAR check even helped Mourinho’s men overturn a penalty decision after Lucas Ocampos fooled Taylor with a simulation.
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Referees, like players, try to do their best and Taylor’s performance under extreme pressure was admirable.
In fact, I was proud of his performance because Wednesday’s final was bad and a situation where the referees couldn’t win.
Fourth official Michael Oliver had an impossible job due to the many protests and appeals from both sides during the ugly 120 minutes.
It reminded me of a Sunday league soccer game and the technical section became unmanageable. Both teams lost discipline and there were 16 yellow cards, but the penalties were all deserved.
I felt sorry for Taylor – what else could he do? His only other option would have been to show multiple red cards.
I officiated some difficult games like Leeds and Millwall in the semi-final second leg of the League One play-offs at Elland Road in 2009.
I cautioned nine players but the tackles justified the yellow card and no one followed me after the game.
Uefa must take strong action and Mourinho, as well as Roma and Sevilla should now be charged for their appalling behavior and lack of control over their players.
Fines and page bans don’t act as a deterrent, so I hope the European governing body will act.
The level of abuse against officials is evident in Europe and in English football and point deductions are the only answer.
The FA announced this week that they are introducing this punishment to grassroots football, but it should start at the top.
I would take Sevilla and Roma three points from their next European games and lock up another three points for the rest of the group stage.
And I would also ban Mourinho for six games for his unacceptable behavior – wherever he goes.
Abuses against officials happen all the time, so I think this punishment is the only way to solve the problem.