In a Serie A thriller, Roma secured a 1-0 win against Monza, courtesy of a late strike by Stephan El Shaarawy. However, the match was marred by a contentious moment involving Roma’s manager, Jose Mourinho.
In the dying minutes, Mourinho was shown a red card for provocative gestures aimed at Monza’s bench, insinuating excessive talking and complaining. Mourinho expressed confusion over the decision, maintaining he refrained from using any offensive language.
“I don’t know why I got the red card, I only made a gesture to the bench, not a single word,” Mourinho said.
“I made some gestures; I said nothing offensive.
“It was because last season some talented people, but lacking in experience, had some nasty words about us.
Despite the incident, Mourinho commended Monza for their resilient performance, especially after going down to 10 men. He stressed that they did not deserve to leave empty-handed.
“Today the only ones making a show on the touchline and trying to pressure the referee were Monza. I am honest, they are a good team and did not deserve to lose today.”
This victory marked Roma’s third consecutive league win, elevating them to sixth place in the Serie A standings, trailing third-placed Juventus by just three points.
Due to the red card, Mourinho will be absent from the forthcoming match against his former team, Inter Milan. Known for his animated presence on the sidelines, Mourinho has a history of receiving red cards in Serie A matches.