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Former ref Urs Meier canvasses one year ban for Mourinho


Former Swiss referee Urs Meier has slammed Jose Mourinho and claimed the Roma boss should be banned from football for a year for his antics towards referee Anthony Taylor after the Europa League final.

Mourinho’s side were beaten 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in a heated clash in Budapest last Wednesday.

It was a stop-start game, with the Roma bench guilty of several antics on the touchline as England official Taylor handed out seven yellow cards to his players, while the Portuguese coach was also cautioned.

It came after several close, but ultimately correct decisions in favor of Sevilla, including a potential handball penalty for Roma which was not given, as well as Taylor ordering a replay of the Spanish side’s decisive spot-kick. after Rui Patricio got out of his line. .

After the match, Mourinho slammed Taylor, saying he “seemed Spanish”, before confronting him in the parking lot of Puskas Arena and launching into a tirade of slurs against the official.

The next day, Taylor and his family were then confronted and attacked by Roma supporters at Budapest airport in gruesome scenes and had to be driven to safety.

Mourinho has since been charged by UEFA for his actions and criticized by many in the football community, but Meier  who was forced to retire after receiving death threats for disallowing a Sol Campbell goal for England at Euro 2004 in a quarter-final clash against Portugal  felt the punishment should go even further.

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“It’s just a ban that he threw the referee at the fans,” he told the Urs Meier podcast.

“He already did that when he was Chelsea manager with Anders Frisk (former Swedish referee who captained the Blues’ infamous game against Barcelona in 2005), who received death threats and then ended his career as a result.”

Meier continued: ‘You have to speak to him and ask yourself if he can no longer participate in the international games for a year.

“No one should have to endure the inexcusable behavior they had to endure yesterday. Anthony is one of our most experienced and accomplished match officials and we fully support him and his family.

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