Roma boss Jose Mourinho quits UEFA Board following four-match ban for verbally accusing referee at Europa League final

Jose Mourinho is one of the most decorated soccer coaches of all time. In his long and distinguished career, Mourinho has led several European powerhouses to unprecedented levels of success, including the 2009/10 treble win with Inter Milan.

However, the 60-year-old Portuguese coach has seen his fair share of controversies throughout his coaching career as well. Several times, he made the headlines because of his controversial behavior on the touchline, as well as his comments in press conferences. 

Mourinho has made it to the headlines yet again, after deciding to quit the UEFA board upon receiving a four-match ban.

Why did Jose Mourinho receive a four-match ban?

The sanctions came from UEFA to Mourinho in response to his verbal conduct towards the UEFA Europa League final referee, Anthony Taylor, in the aftermath of the match. After his team’s May penalty shootout loss to Sevilla in Budapest, Mourinho vented his anger at the Premier League official.

Jose Mourinho

Later, as Taylor and his family were passing through the Budapest airport, he was met by a group of angry Roma supporters, who even threw a chair at the 44-year-old English referee.

As a result, UEFA imposed multiple sanctions on the Serie A club, including a four-match ban on coach Jose Mourinho.

Why did Mourinho leave the UEFA board?

The 60-year-old has been a part of the board since its inception in April by Zvonimir Boban, the Director and Chief of Football for UEFA, and Roberto Rosetti, a former UEFA official. It consists of former and current coaches and players with the goal of fixing European football’s biggest problems.

Now, just two months after joining, Mourinho has decided to step away from the board, because of the sanctions imposed on him and his club.

Mourinho himself released the letter addressed to Boban that stated: “In thanking you for the invitation you extended to me to be a member of the UEFA Football Board, I regret to inform you that, effective immediately, I will be renouncing my participation in this group.”

“The conditions that I so strongly believed in when I joined are no longer standing, and I felt the obligation to take this decision. I kindly ask that you also communicate my decision to the President, Mr. Aleksander Čeferin.”

What do you think of Mourinho’s decision to step out? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section.


Tanzeem Rahman

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Tanzeem Rahman is a soccer writer and an editor at SportsZion. Tanzeem's love for the sport began by watching and admiring Cristiano Ronaldo in his early Manchester United days. Having graduated from Germany as an Electrical Engineer, Tanzeem has watched multiple high-profile games throughout Europe from the gallery. His knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport, as well as sublime english proficiency has been an asset to SportsKnot. Outside of his duty, Tanzeem is a gamer, and loves to spend time watching Anime and reading Manga.


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