Jose Mourinho slams officials after Roma defeat, storms out of press conference

Jose Mourinho of AS Roma against Verona
Jose Mourinho of AS Roma against Verona

Roma crashed to a 3-2 defeat against Lazio at the weekend and manager Jose Mourinho was seen storming out of a press conference after the Serie A match.

According to the Sun, the Portuguese manager was furious after he was not allowed to talk to reporters directly during the press conference.

Apparently, Mourinho wanted to share his thoughts on the game and defend his players after the defeat but COVID restrictions in place at Lazio did not allow the Roma manager to face the press directly.

He said: “Lazio chose for their coach, I want to talk to the press.”

Journalists were asked to submit their questions to a press officer who would interview Mourinho in order to reduce direct contact between the manager and the press and the Roma boss was far from impressed without his freedom of speech.

Apparently, the Roma boss was caught on camera stating that he would not follow the rules and he also refused to fulfil his commitments with the broadcasters.

Reports add that Mourinho had an altercation with the journalists as well.

Roma have made an exceptional start to the season under Mourinho and the Portuguese manager was visibly upset after his side’s defeat against their bitter rivals.

The Roma manager blamed the referee and VAR for the result and he claimed that they were not up to the required standard for the match.

He said: “Unfortunately, a fantastic game was ruined by the referee and VAR, who were not at the right level for this match.”