Mourinho slams referee after third red card of the season

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Jose Mourinho was sent off in his side’s Serie A defeat to Cremonese, after a burst up with fourth official.

Roma manager Jose Mourinho received the third red card of the season in their 2-1 lost to Cremonese after an argument with an official.

Cremonese claimed their first win of the season with a late Daniel Ciofani penalty securing a 2-1 win.

The former Manchester United manager was sent off two minutes into the second half but said he was provoked by the fourth official.

“I’m emotional but not crazy. For the first time in my career a referee has spoken to me in an unjustifiable way,” said the former Chelsea boss.

“To have the reaction I had is because something happened. I need to know now if I can do something from a disciplinary point of view.”

Mourinho claimed that the fourth official instructed referee Marco Piccinini to show a red card without giving a full description of the touchline incident.

“Unfortunately, the fourth official doesn’t have the honesty to say what he said to me, how he said it and the way he treated me, which obviously triggered my reaction,” said Mourinho after a defeat that left Roma fifth in the Serie A table.

“I want to see if there’s an audio recording of what he said to me.

“I don’t want to get into the fact that he’s from Turin, that we have to play Juventus and he wants me off the touchline. I don’t want to get into that. I want to get into the fact that for the first time in my career, a referee, and in this case a fourth official, spoke to me in an unacceptable way.”

He said he went to the referees’ dressing room after the match but that the fourth official “appears to have forgotten [what he said]”.

“Piccinini saw me come into the dressing room and say to the fourth official: ‘I want you to be honest and say what has happened.’ He appears to have trouble with his memory.”

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