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Jose Mourinho must be stopped from confronting the referee by Roma staff against Atalanta

Jose Mourinho had to be restrained by his staff before being sent off in Sunday night’s Roma Serie A clash with Atalanta, which the hosts lost 1-0.

The 59-year-old Portuguese took the field to protest to the referee after disagreeing with a rejected penalty at the Stadio Olympico.

Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo was brought down by Atalanta centre-back Caleb Okoli in the 54th minute but it was not awarded as a penalty but instead as a foul the other way.

Mourinho was red-carded by middleman Daniele Chiffi – and it’s not the first time the ‘special’ has been sent off the sidelines during his time at Roma.

The crowd responded to the incident by chanting their manager’s name and cheering, though he lost his all-important presence on the sidelines.

Roma were then 1-0 down after a 35th-minute goal from Giorgio Scalvini and they stayed that way despite the drama of the second half.

Mourinho has been in charge at Roma since May 2021, having previously managed English clubs Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in a career that has also included acting in his native Portugal and Real Madrid in Spain.

Although Mourinho has only been at Roma for a little over a season, he has already seen red on several occasions.

Mourinho was sent off in Roma’s pre-season game against Real Betis shortly into his tenure last summer – as were three of his players as the team ended with just eight players on the pitch.

In February, the ‘special’ was sent off late in injury time after kicking the ball away and gesturing at the referee at the end of his side’s 2-2 comeback draw with Hellas Verona.

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