‘I felt ashamed to be on the touchline’

ROMA manager Jose Mourinho slammed referees with a furious rant after his team’s 1-1 draw at Napoli on Monday.

The Partenopei opened the scoring after just 11 minutes with Lorenzo Insigne’s penalty, which was awarded after a review from VAR.

Roma manager Jose Mourinho slammed referees after the draw with NapoliCredit: Getty

The Giallorossi had penalty appeals waved away, such as when Nicolo Zaniolo was brought down by goalkeeper Alex Meret, and lost Daniel Fuzato to a red card on 78 minutes.

But the Romans managed to level things up in the first minute of stoppage time with Stephan El Shaarawy, who came off the bench.

Mourinho was so furious with the officiating he claimed he celebrated El Shaarawy’s equaliser because “it seemed impossible” to get a result at the Diego Armando Maradona Stadium.

The ex-Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham boss was so incensed with the refs he “felt ashamed” to be on the touchline.

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Mourinho told DAZN: “Roma demand the right to be allowed to try to win games.

“At times, I felt ashamed. It seemed impossible to get a positive result.

“I celebrated because it seemed impossible during this game to get out of here with a positive result.

“That’s not because my team did not play well, because we did and improved during the game, but I had the sensation it would be difficult, if not impossible, to leave here with a positive result.

“This is why I celebrated the point, but looking back what I saw and heard in the locker room and the reason for my celebration, it seemed impossible.

“My team was fantastic this evening. After Thursday’s match in the Conference League, this game felt like scaling Everest, but with great quality, character, incredible fitness and mental strength, we did it. We wanted more, but we achieved what was possible.”

Mourinho added: “I read also something written by someone with responsibility who said the league will be decided if the referees make errors against the three challenging for the Scudetto.

“Well, I say the league can also be decided if errors are made in favour of the teams fighting for the Scudetto.

“It seemed impossible for us to win this game today. I don’t want to say too much, but Mr Di Paolo, not to mention Di Bello… at times, I felt ashamed to be there on that touchline.”

Mourinho went into detail on what he considers were errors by the referees as he believes Alessandro Zanoli should have been sent off and Zaniolo should have been awarded a penalty.

Roma manager Jose Mourinho claims he felt ashamed in the touchline

Roma manager Jose Mourinho claims he felt ashamed in the touchlineCredit: Reuters

The Portuguese tactician has had a number of famous rants against referees throughout his celebrated career, especially from his time in the Premier League.

Mourinho said: “Do you want two, three or more? I’ll give you three: red card for Zanoli, in the first half he should’ve had a second yellow in any league in the world.

“Second, the penalty not given to Zaniolo, OK the goalkeeper gets the ball first, but after that the ball is still within reach and Zaniolo is brought down. There’s a lot more, but I will stop here.

“Enough, there ought to be a little respect. Unfortunately, we didn’t do well enough during the formative period of this squad and cannot challenge for the Scudetto, but we still want the right to challenge for victory in a match.”

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