Mourinho blasts officials and claims he takes ‘tremendous pleasure’ in having rejected Milan job

By Oliver Fisher -

Roma boss Jose Mourinho was not happy with the officiating display during his side’s 3-1 defeat against Roma at San Siro this evening.

The Giallorossi didn’t get the major decisions their way as they ended up being reduced to nine men with Karsdorp and Gianluca Mancini both getting two yellows inside the final 20 minutes, and they also had two penalties awarded against them in the early and the late stages, but in truth there weren’t many arguments about any of the decisions.

Olivier Giroud tucked away the penalty and Junior Messias made it 2-0 by thumping home a rebound, with the decisive third goal coming from substitute Rafael Leao as he completed a counter-attack.

Mourinho spoke to DAZN after the game and revealed that he is fuming with how Chiffi and the other officials in charge refereed the game, with his comments relayed by FootballItalia.

“We were still in the game, even when 2-0 down, but when Rick Karsdorp was sent off, it was over. Having said that, the performance was of such a low level. If you look at the two opening goals, we gave the ball away so cheaply. The quality was really lacking today. I didn’t like the referee or my team today,” he said.

“The quality was also lacking for the referee and the VAR. I saw Tammy move his arm, but it was not a voluntary gesture to stop the ball. If you give this as a penalty, then also give a penalty for the fouls on Zaniolo and Ibanez. Give all three or don’t give any of them.

“We want uniformity in decisions, this is why I think the quality level is low and we are unlucky with referees too. The referee didn’t have character today. VAR wanted to get involved, we are little, if VAR lets the game go…

“I understood everything perfectly well straight away. I’ve been at Roma for six, seven months, I’m getting used to it, but this isn’t something we should be getting used to. You can’t tell if Abraham touches the ball with his arm or not. How was the second Milan penalty different to the Zaniolo incident?

“Having said that, I won’t deny our performance was not good. This is a medium level squad, so we are mid-table, where we belong. We made a lot of mistakes today, it wasn’t a tactical issue, it was all individual errors.

“I don’t like to do this, but I have to say that I do not understand what the referee and VAR were doing today. At this moment, the result is the worst thing, because it brings us zero points, but when I leave my mind will already be on the next game and it’s going to be tough. We have some difficulties and will try to improve.”

Mourinho is not known for taking defeats and saying nothing interesting afterwards, so he also decided to shed light on the fact that AC Milan wanted him three years ago but he said no.

“When I see how San Siro reacted I am very pleased. Three years ago I had the ownership of Milan who wanted me in Milan and after three days I decided no, it gives me tremendous pleasure to have made that decision,” he said (via MilanNews).

“I am a professional, but there is space to have passions and the antagonism to passions. I am passionate about Roma, I will give everything to Roma. But going back, after what happened today I’m doubly happy with what I replied. They came but I said ‘go home, I’m not going’.”

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  1. Karsdrop red card was months late. He should’ve been sent off when they met milan at olimpico
    Mourinho is such a sore loser

  2. He’s been done for several years. He doesn’t care anymore just loves collecting pay checks. He would have stabbed us in the back so no mourinho. The millions of Milan fans are happy you made that choice.

  3. Does he mean the ownership group that lasted hardly a year and almost destroyed Milan in the process? I wouldn’t be bragging about those losers wanting me. Jose is washed harder than hospital gowns. Thanks for the 6 points!

  4. Agree on the hand and penties rule – today we benefited but they are not clear or practical for players.

    But Roma lost because they were weak not because of early pen. Mourinho starts to become Koeman

  5. Also – he and Roma would lose vs Atalanta if not for that stupid corner offside var decision

    Good that we won decisivrly not because of refs

  6. Mourinho is a bad loser and he is talking a lot like a pussy. He got fired three times over the last few years but he collected a lot of money. Mourinho is a liar.

  7. Three years ago I had the ownership of Milan who wanted me in Milan and after three days I decided no, it gives me tremendous pleasure to have made that decision –
    … we share your tremendous pleasure not becoming our coach as well –
    Milan’s fans

  8. Mourinho aka “The Has Been One”. He’s maybe the most overrated coaches ever. Always the referees’ fault when they lose. And they do lose a lot.

    “I saw Tammy move his arm, but it was not a voluntary gesture to stop the ball.”
    Not a voluntary gesture?!!! FFS the man did everything the get his arm in front of the ball.

    Mourinho is the biggest joke in Serie A and that’s a lot said after the “postpone matches or not”-farches.

    1. It gives me tremendous pleasure that Mourinho has never coached nor never will coach the better Milan team. Milan would still be a midtable team if that ***hole was their manager.

  9. Hahaha look at us like we would want a negative looser like you coaching our positive young up and coming squad.

    Pioli is 10 Times the coach u ever been.

  10. Some things never change…Mou is one of them, always finding excuses. If he happy he did not join A.C. Milan, I like so many other Milan supporters, am ecstatic!
    Stay away from our club!

  11. I doubt anyone ever from ACM offered him any position in the club. It’s just his ego which was hurt so he needed to say something. He is defeated badly. Milan absolutely dominated yesterday and Jose is hurt 😀

  12. Thank God That unhappy Mourinho never accepted the coaching position at Milan. Why on earth would Milan chase such an idiot who don’t really care about players or club but only thinks how to stay popular with the media. His days are gone as a coach and he will never bring any success to any clubs. Thank you for rejecting Milan coaching offer.

  13. Ancelotti quickly turn down Inter offer while this idiots despite being a Merda legend needs 3 days to think it over, that speaks a lot about how big our AC Milan are.

  14. Have to agree that considering that the 2pens we were awarded were the same as he 2roma didn’t get. Zaniolos one should definitely have been given considering leao’s did

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