Wed 01 March 2023 | 9:10

"I am emotional, but not crazy" - Mourinho threatens legal action against fourth official after seeing red

AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho says he could use legal action against the fourth official after he was sent off against Cremonese on Tuesday.


suffered a 2-1 Serie A defeat against Cremonese on Tuesday. It was Cremonese’s first win of the season.

Jose Mourinho

 was sent off two minutes into the second half. It is his third red card of the season.

After the game, Mourinho said he was provoked by the fourth official, Marco Serra, and threatened to use legal action against him.

"I am emotional, but not crazy,"

Mourinho told DAZN.

"In order to react the way I did, something had to happen first. I need to understand if I can take any legal action.

"Piccinini gave me a red card, because unfortunately the fourth official does not have the capacity to understand what he said to me.

"I want to find out if there is an audio recording. I don't want to get into the fact that Serra is from Turin and on Sunday we are playing against Juventus.

"For the first time in my career, a fourth official spoke to me in the most incredible way. It was unjustifiable.

"At the end of the game, I went to speak to them. Piccinini, who was the fourth official in the last game when I was sent off, told me to apologise to Serra.

"I told Serra he should have the courage to explain what happened, but he had memory problems."

Roma missed the chance to move up to second in the

Serie A

table and now is in fifth place with 44 points after 24 matches. They will face Juventus on Sunday.

Mourinho said his team was unlucky, but also criticised his players' performance.

"We were a little unlucky, conceding two goals on their one and a half chances,"

he said.

"The responsibility is ours. We lacked intensity, should’ve killed off the game straight away.

"I am taking it one game at a time. I cannot leave this game behind now, I cannot even think about Sunday. There is frustration, which obliges me to analyse. It is a pity this thing happened with Serra: I respect someone as much as they respect me."

source: SportMob

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