Roma manager Jose Mourinho has denied swearing at referee Anthony Taylor in the car park after last season’s Europa League final.
Mourinho was handed a four-match ban by UEFA in June for his conduct following Sevilla’s penalty shoot-out defeat to Roma in Budapest in May.
Portuguese manager Taylor accused Sevilla of backing Sevilla after the game but was filmed shouting at a Premier League official in the stadium car park: “You were a disgrace tonight.” It’s a shame,” he said.
Taylor was later confronted by angry Roma fans as he and his family passed through Budapest Airport.
Mourinho gave his own version of events in an interview with Corriere dello Sport, saying Taylor was not present during the car park explosion, which was instead directed at the official’s assistants and UEFA refereeing chief Roberto Rosetti.
The former Manchester United and Chelsea coach also said he felt Premier League referee Taylor should have apologized for the mistakes made in the game.
Speaking about the parking incident, Mourinho said: “Taylor was not there. Taylor was still in the ground.
Asked who he was directing his frustration at, Mourinho said: “Other people, not Taylor. The fourth official, his assistants, Rossetti, Howard Webb, technical director of PGMOL.
Elaborating on the incident, he said: “It was all over. We went back to the dressing room and went down to the garage and the referees entered.
“I have a good relationship with Webb and Rosetti. Both refereed my games. I know it’s not pretty but I didn’t insult anyone.
“I went to Rosetti and said, ‘Ref’ – that’s what I call him – ‘Ref, is it a penalty or not a penalty?’ Rossetti did what lawyers usually do. He didn’t answer. I asked Webb the same question. He put his hand on my shoulder and said, ‘Yes, Jose, it’s a pen.’
Webb Taylor did what I wanted him to do. Because if Taylor or anyone else in his position had come down to our dressing room and said ‘I was wrong, we were wrong, I’m sorry’, it wouldn’t have ended there, he would have been respected and appreciated. I never doubted his loyalty. I didn’t like the decision, the cards, but I think he’s a great ref and if we get him again next season, I’ll be honest, there won’t be any problems.
Mourinho, who has a year left on his contract at Roma, said he had no intention of leaving after the defeat but said he had briefly considered two offers to manage Al Hilal and Al Ahli in Saudi Arabia after rejecting previous offers. One from China.
When asked if he would consider accepting a decent bid, Mourinho replied: “Yes.” Before going to the meeting, I informed the club, I made it clear that I do not want to accept.
“Earlier, when China offered me a job in the national team and the club where all the national team players play, I turned down the most incredible offer from the coach. It was a rude thought. Out of this world.”
Asked about his status as a senior coach, he added: “I’m as good as ever.”
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