GARY NEVILLE has deleted his tweet calling Jose Mourinho’s Roma a “disgrace” after their Europa League final defeat.
The Serie A side lost to Sevilla on penalties after the two sides could not be separated for 120 minutes.
Roma lost the penalty shoot-out 4-1 when Argentina’s World Cup hero Gonzalo Montiel scored the decisive penalty after the game ended 1-1 after Gianluca Mancini’s own goal canceled out Paulo Dybala’s opener.
The Italians were criticized for playing a cynical game of football with players constantly surrounding British referee Anthony Taylor to force decisions.
Taylor brushed off protests over two Roma penalties – while also ordering Montiel’s crucial penalty to be retaken after Rui Patricio, the former Roma goalkeeper and former Wolves goalkeeper, called it out.
Mourinho was furious with the decision and lashed out at the referee after the game, branding him a ‘fucking disgrace’ in the stadium car park.
However, Neville claimed that Mourinho and Roma only had themselves to blame when he tweeted on Thursday morning: “Roma were a disgrace”.
However, the tweet has since been deleted and Neville has not made any further comment on the game.
Taylor dealt 13 yellow cards to players and also gave one to Mourinho, who also made his feelings clear in his post-match interview.
He told Sky Sports Italia: “Each of us reacts differently, some cry some don’t, but the truth is we are all very sad.”
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“We return dead tired, dead with the feeling that it’s unfair.
“It was an intense, masculine, lively game with a referee who seemed Spanish. It was yellow, yellow, yellow the whole time.”
“The injustice is illustrated by the fact that Lamela should have been given a second yellow card, but was not, and he converted a penalty in the shoot-out.”
“What I was saying is that we either go away with the trophy or we go dead. Well, we’re dead.”
“We’re dead tired physically, dead tired mentally, dead because we think it’s an unjustified defeat with a lot of incidents to argue about.”
Before the game, Sevilla paid tribute to former goalkeeper Sergio Rico, who was hospitalized after suffering a horse-riding accident.