Mourinho sees red for the 3RD time this season after clashing with 4th official

Jose Mourinho was sent off for a third time this season as his Roma side were defeated 2-1 by Cremonese.

The Portuguese boss saw red just seconds into the second half after clashing with the fourth official.

He was shown his marching orders for dissent by referee Marco Piccinini and then proceeded to continue to point at the fourth official and insist ‘It’s him, it’s him’ in protest.

Mourinho’s team were already 1-0 down when he received his marching orders, after Frank Tsadjout had opened the scoring for relegation-threatened Cremonese.

Leonardo Spinazzola levelled the game for Roma with just under twenty minutes to go, before a Daniel Ciofani penalty saw the home side take all three points – and record their first Serie A win for 27 years.

The former Premier League winning boss had to watch the second half events from the stands, where he joined assistant Salvatore Foti, who himself was serving a touchline ban for using insults from when the two sides met in the Coppa Italia.

Foti’s presence in the stands allowed Mourinho to pull out one of his old tricks to communicate with the bench.

Rather than just phone down his instructions, he scribbled down notes and used his assistant to deliver his comments to the dugout.

A win for Roma would have put them back into the Champions League spots, but they remain a point outside the top four, behind city rivals Lazio. Mourinho will now be absent for Sunday’s crunch game against Juventus.

They are also remain in contention for this season’s Europa League, and face Spanish side Real Sociedad in the last 16 next month.

As for Cremonese, the victory marked their first league win of the season and a first top flight win since March 1996. It’s also the second time they’ve beaten Roma this season, after dumping Mourinho out of the Coppa Italia.

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