There are three certainties in life; death, taxes and Jose Mourinho screaming blue murder at a match official over a minor infringement.
Roma became the first Serie A side to lose a league match to Cremonese this season, going down 2-1 in an embarrassing reverse for a side with Champions League pretensions.
And Mourinho watched the majority of the second half from the stands after receiving his third red card of the season; a disciplinary record that’d shame peak Vinny Jones.
All the tell-tale signs of a Mourinho dismissal were evident; shouting abuse at a beleaguered referee, offering to spark the linesman out in the stadium car park while hiding behind one of his coaches and leaving the touchline with all the grace of an elephant attempting a somersault.
“I’m emotional but not crazy,” Mourinho gaslighted afterwards. “For the first time in my career, a referee has spoken to me in an unjustifiable way.
“To have the reaction I had is because something happened. I need to know now if I can do something from a disciplinary point of view.”
Another week, another Jose Mourinho red card 😂 pic.twitter.com/sWMjRfgsqp
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Mourinho went on to claim that the fourth official instructed referee Marco Piccinini to show a red card without giving a full description of the touchline incident.
“Unfortunately, the fourth official doesn’t have the honesty to say what he said to me, how he said it and the way he treated me, which obviously triggered my reaction,” said Mourinho after a defeat that left Roma trailing bitter rivals Lazio in the Serie A standings.
“I want to see if there’s an audio recording of what he said to me.
“I don’t want to get into the fact that he’s from Turin, that we have to play Juventus and he wants me off the touchline. I don’t want to get into that. I want to get into the fact that for the first time in my career, a referee, and in this case a fourth official, spoke to me in an unacceptable way.”
He said he went to the referees’ dressing room after the match but that the fourth official “appears to have forgotten [what he said]”.
“Piccinini saw me come into the dressing room and say to the fourth official: ‘I want you to be honest and say what has happened.’ He appears to have trouble with his memory.”
Mourinho scholars, a club that we count ourselves as distinguished members of, will have noticed the classic Jose tactic of not wanting to get into something by mentioning it when presented with a microphone.
Last night’s referee was from Turin. Roma’s next opponents? Juventus. You don’t need to be a red pill enthusiast lurking in the murky undergrowth of the internet to understand what Mourinho was hinting at.
The former Manchester United manager was sent off in September against Atalanta and in November against Torino, both for outbursts over decisions against his side.
But last night’s toy-throwing tantrum was the best yet and reaffirmed one of the few certainties of our existence.
By Michael Lee