Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has been charged by UEFA for harassing the referee for this year’s Europa League final, Anthony Taylor.
Mourinho was charged with using abusive language against a match official.
Taylor came under scrutiny following Roma’s penalty shootout loss to Sevilla in Wednesday’s final.
The match was tetchy with Taylor dishing out 14 yellow cards, the most ever in a Europa League game, and playing almost 30 minutes of stoppage time in total.
The day after the match, videos circulated on social media showing English referee Taylor and his family being harassed by Roma fans at Budapest Airport.
In the video, Roma fans could be seen abusing the 44-year-old Taylor and his family, who required protection from airport security as they sought refuge in a safe area.
“UEFA vehemently condemns violent behaviour directed towards its referee Anthony Taylor and his family. Such actions are unacceptable and undermine the spirit of fair play and respect that UEFA upholds,” UEFA said in a statement.
“UEFA maintains a close collaboration with local police and airport security starting from the referees’ arrival in host cities.
“However, we are constantly striving to enhance the security measures for officials in coordination with local authorities. We will carefully assess the incidents and incorporate valuable insights into our future event planning processes.”