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Rageful Jose Mourinho clashes with referee over red card decision

During Roma’s Serie A match against Atalanta, manager Jose Mourinho was sent off after coming onto the field to protest against a decision made by the Italian referee Daniele Chiffi. 

The altercation, which had happened in the 56th minute after Roma players’ request for a penalty on Nicolo Zaniolo was denied by the referee saw Jose Mourinho running onto the pitch waving his arms around in anger towards the referee.  

The frustration he felt at the decision needed a few members of his staff to restrain him from approaching the referee even further. At long last, he stopped objecting and moved toward the stands while still in a rage. 

Roma lost 1-0 at the Stadio Olimpico and they now sit sixth on the log after four wins, one tie, and two losses from their first seven games, whereas the victory sent Atalanta to the top of Serie with their fifth win from seven league games which only stayed on for a short notice following Napoli’s 2-1 victory over AC Milan later that evening. 

Replays appeared to suggest that Mourinho was definitely unfairly treated, and he struggled to control his rage as his team attempted to claw their way back into the game.

Atalanta took the lead in the first half when Italian international centre-back Giorgio Scalvini beautifully steered the ball home from range. There was tension inside the Stadio Olimpico as Roma attempted to force their way back into the game and the home players were convinced the referee was working against them.

The Italian side has been trying to build off of their Europa Conference League triumph from last season, but they have had a difficult 22/23 Serie A season thus far.

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