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Mourinho hit with 10-day Serie A suspension for referee comments

ROME (AP) – Roma coach José Mourinho was handed a 10-day suspension for the start of the Serie A season for comments he made about an Italian referee.

Wednesday’s ban by the Italian football federation means Mourinho will miss Roma’s opening match next season and will likely also miss the team’s second game, depending on when the matches are scheduled.

Mourinho was punished for claiming Daniele Chiffi was “the worst referee I have ever seen in my career” after Roma’s 1-1 draw at Monza on May 3.

The Portuguese coach was also fined EUR50,000 (USD55,000), as was Roma.

The 60-year-old Mourinho was banned for four matches by UEFA last week for abusing English referee Anthony Taylor at the Europa League final on May 31.

Jose Mourinho. PHOTO: AFP