Written By Onyeka Daniel
There seems to be no end to the trouble facing AS Roma coach, Jose Mourinho as the manager faces the prospect of being fined by the Italian football federation over his comments. Mourinho had made headlines on Saturday by criticising the designated Sassuolo-Roma referee Matteo Marcenaro on the eve of the game.
“To be honest, I will say that I am worried about the referee. We had this official three times and I don’t think he has the emotional stability to work at this level,” he said. “It is not just Sassuolo-Roma, we are three points off the Champions League places and it is a very important match for us.” He said and he also aimed a slight dig at Sassuolo forward, Domenica Berardi in that same press conference.
Roma, of course we’re victorious in that encounter, coming from behind to get a hard-fought 2-1 win. Sassuolo CEO Giovanni Carnevali has now responded to the recent criticism aimed in the direction of the Neroverdi star. As cited by La Gazzetta dello Sport, Mourinho sniped: “Then there’s Berardi, he’s a fantastic player but he needs to have a little more respect for his opponents.
“What he does to make fun of his opponents and get fouls is too much. I love the player he is but I don’t like him at all.” Berardi, for his part, went on to feature from the off against Roma, bagging the assist for Matheus Henrique’s first-half opener. And now, as alluded to above, the 29-year-old has seen his reputation staunchly defended, by Sassuolo chief Giovanni Carnevali.
Drawn on Mourinho’s comments during an appearance at the 2023 Football Grand Gala, Carnevali slammed the Roma manager, adamant that he is simply ‘wrong’ about Berardi’s character: “I don’t think anyone should talk about their opponents’ players,” the Neroverdi general manager said. “Above all, the words he said are not correct. It Is his thought but it is all wrong.” He further added.
According to a new report, the FIGC Prosecutor has formally ended an investigation into Mourinho’s claims about referee Matteo Marcenaro, so Roma have five days to file a statement of defence, but the Special One could be fined or even suspended. According to ANSA, the FIGC Prosecutor has now ended an investigation into Mourinho’s claims for ‘harmful statements.’
Roma director Tiago Pinto was unaware of the FIGC investigation on Sunday, before the kick-off of Sassuolo-Roma. “We have not received any news from the prosecutor that we are under investigation, but I hope for some common sense,” said the Giallorossi director.
“In these 14 Serie A rounds this season, we saw some behaviour from coaches and staff on the touchline that has been far worse than Roma, but nothing happened. “If we don’t come and talk to the media, they fine us. If we do come here and say something they don’t like, then we are investigated. I don’t understand it, to be honest.”
According to the report, Roma have now been informed about the end of the investigation. Hence, the club have five days to file a statement of defence or let Federal Prosecutor Giuseppe Chiné question.
The Portuguese coach could be fined or suspended following the FIGC investigation. AIA Chief Carlo Pacifici had replied to Mourinho that his words could contribute to “creating and developing violence, especially in the lower leagues.” He said, in relation to Mourinho’s comments.
The Giallorossi are opening up to the possibility of handing Mourinho a new contract at the club. After an initial hiccup, things are starting to look up for the club again, especially after a poor start to the season.
Francesco Balzani has reported that optimism is starting to glimmer from Roma regarding Mourinho’s stay, with his current deal running out in the summer of 2024. The Friedkins have now slowly opened up to the possibility of renewal after an initial period of negativity about the same. They are happy with the direction in which the club is going and the environment created by Mourinho.
Tiago Pinto also seems to have found a sense of harmony with Mourinho and that was evident when the club sporting director backed Mourinho’s statements about Sassuolo and referee Matteo Marcenaro. Mourinho understands that Roma have limits that need to be respected, but he wants some control over transfers.
At least to make sure that Roma improve their squad and keep hold of their best players, and he has no intention of moving to Saudi Arabia yet, despite his recent statements stating that he would be coaching in the Middle East someday, but he does not want to reduce his salary from his current wage of €7.5 million per season.
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