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Mourinho handed two-game touchline ban

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AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho has been handed a two-game touchline ban after he was sent off during his side’s 2-2 draw with Hellas Verona, a Serie A sports judge said on Tuesday.

Mourinho was sent off in the final stages of Saturday’s game at the Stadio Olimpico for remonstrating with referee Luca Pairetto, before kicking a ball into the stands.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said Mourinho “made serious allegations” against the referee, and entered the pitch “with a threatening attitude, blatantly disputing the refereeing decision”.

Mourinho made a telephone gesture towards Pairetto, which Italian media reported was in reference to his father Pierluigi, who was involved in the Italian match-fixing scandal of 2006.

The Portuguese coach, who left the stadium without stopping for post-match media duties following his side’s draw, has also been fined 20,000 Euros ($23,000).

Roma are eighth in Serie A after three straight draws. Mourinho will not be in the dugout for their trip to Spezia and the home match against Atalanta.

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-Reuters

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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