‘Be a clown’ – Jose Mourinho urges Roma players to dive in classic rant after getting sent off for penalty protest

    Jose Mourinho has told his Roma players to be ‘clowns’ and dive after getting sent off for protesting a penalty decision.

    The Portuguese manager is notoriously fiery and did not hold back when he took issue with the referee in a Serie A clash with Atalanta.

    Mourinho was furious with the decision… so decided to go onto the pitch

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    Mourinho was furious with the decision… so decided to go onto the pitch

    Mourinho thought Roma should have been given a stonewall penalty for a foul on Nicolo Zaniolo, however the referee disagreed.

    The midfielder was involved in a tussle with Atalanta’s Caleb Okoli in the box, but stayed on his feet.

    Mourinho then made his way onto the pitch to confront the referee and had to be restrained by members of the Roma staff.

    Unsurprisingly, he was shown a red card.

    As reported by Football Italia, Mourinho said: “There was a very clear penalty. I asked the referee afterwards why, and asked him to be clear with me that it was because Zaniolo did not go down. 

    “So therefore I have to change my advice to my players, I have to tell them don’t try to stay on your feet, don’t play the ball, be a clown the way many who dive like they’re in a swimming pool do in this league, because that is evidently how you get penalties.”

    It is not the first time Mourinho has been shown a red card while in the Roma dugout

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    It is not the first time Mourinho has been shown a red card while in the Roma dugout

    Mourinho spent the rest of the game watching from the stands

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    Mourinho spent the rest of the game watching from the stands

    The decision not to award Mourinho’s side a penalty was decisive as Atlanata picked up the 1-0 win.

    Giorgio Scalvini’s first-half strike was enough to hand them a 1-0 victory over Roma.

    It is not the first time Mourinho has seen red for Roma, back in February he received his marching orders for a verbal barrage at the referee that resulted in a two-game ban.

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