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Mourinho banned for two matches for insulting referee

Jose Mourinho has been banned for two games on Tuesday after being sent off over a furious outburst by the referee in Roma’s Serie A tie against Verona.

Mourinho yelled at referee Luca Pairetto and made a phone call, a puzzling gesture that earned him a red card.

Italian media reported that Mourinho was unhappy with so little time being added on Saturday, at the end of a game in which Roma fought back from two goals behind to tie a 2-2 draw.

Roma fell six points behind Juventus, who are in fourth place in the Champions League.

Italian media suggested the gesture called into question the referee’s independence.

Pairetto’s brother is an executive at Juventus and his father was involved in the Calciopoli refereeing scandal in 2006.

Mourinho grabbed the match ball at the end and kicked it away. He then skipped his post-game media duties, preferring, he wrote on Instagram, to “go home and have a nice dinner.”

The sports judge said Mourinho turned to the fourth official and made serious innuendo against the referee.

The judge said the “innuendo” was repeated in the tunnel on the way to the locker room.

The judge also fined Mourinho 20,000 euros ($22,660).

Tiago Pinto, Roma’s general manager, was banned until March 8 for also making “serious innuendo” to the referee, a penalty that was reduced for later “apologies”.

In 2010, while at Inter Milan, Mourinho handcuffed a referee during a match against Sampdoria. He was suspended for three games.

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