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Mourinho banned for four UEFA games after abusing English referee Anthony Taylor

Jose Mourinho has been banned for four UEFA matches after abusing referee Anthony Taylor at the Europa League final.

The Roma manager and former Chelsea, Manchester United and Spurs boss confronted and swore at the English official in the car park after their defeat to Sevilla last month.

Meanwhile, West Ham have been fined a total of €58,000 (£50,000), with their fans banned from their first Europa League away game next season.

Objects were thrown during their win in the Europa Conference League final – and there was a pitch invasion.


Fiorentina’s defender Cristiano Biraghi suffered a cut to the head from an object thrown from the crowd.

Mourinho exchanges words with referee Anthony Taylor during the UEFA Europa League Final

Footage showed Mourinho approaching Mr Taylor and calling him a “disgrace” and swearing at him.

Subsequent video footage showed Mr Taylor being accosted by angry fans at Budapest Airport. It was condemned by the Premier League and Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).

The manager was found guilty of “directing abusive language at a match official”, UEFA said in a statement announcing its disciplinary panel’s verdict.

The ban is double the minimum two-game ban required by UEFA disciplinary rules.

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Referee surrounded by Roma fans

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UEFA also fined Roma €55,000 (£47,000) and will block the club from selling tickets to its next away game in the Europa League.

The charges included “lighting of fireworks, throwing of objects, acts of damage and crowd disturbances”, UEFA said.

The club must also contact the Hungarian soccer federation to settle damages caused by its fans at Puskas Arena.


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