Roma manager Jose Mourinho was given a 10-day suspension for the start of the Serie A season for comments he made about an Italian referee.
Wednesday’s sanction by the Italian soccer federation means Mourinho will miss Roma’s first game next season and will likely miss the team’s second game as well, depending on when the games are scheduled.
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Mourinho was punished for claiming that Daniele Chiffi was «the worst referee I’ve ever seen in my career» after Roma’s 1-1 draw at Monza on May 3.
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The Portuguese coach was also fined 50,000 euros ($55,000), as was Roma.
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Mourinho, 60, was banned for four matches by UEFA last week for abusing English referee Anthony Taylor in the Europa League final on May 31.