Jose Mourinho quits UEFA board after just two months following four-match ban for branding Premier League referee Anthony Taylor a ‘f*cking disgrace’

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Jose Mourinho has quit the UEFA Football Board after just two months, with the ranting Roma boss unhappy at European football’s governing body.
  • Portuguese invited to join group
  • Intention was to bring about positive change
  • Decision taken not to form part of that process

WHAT HAPPENED? The outspoken Portuguese was invited to join an organisation set up by ex-AC Milan star Zvonimir Boban and former referee Roberto Rosetti in April – with several illustrious former players and coaches charged with the task of delivering positive change. Mourinho has, however, sensationally walked away from his role after being hit with a four-match ban for his foul-mouthed tirade aimed in the direction of Premier League match official Antony Taylor following Roma’s penalty shootout defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League final.

WHAT THEY SAID: Mourinho has said in a letter sent to UEFA, which was not addressed to president Aleksandar Ceferin: “Dear Mr. Boban, in thanking you for the invitation you extended to me to be a member of the UEFA Football Board, I regret to inform you that, effective immediately, I will be renouncing to my participation in this group. The conditions which I so strongly believed in when I joined are no longer standing and I felt the obligation to take this decision. I kindly ask that you also communicate my decision to the President Mr. Aleksander Ceferin. Kind regards, Jose Mourinho.”

THE BIGGER PICTURE: Mourinho was incensed by the performance of Taylor and his team of officials during a continental showpiece in Budapest and was caught on camera branding the English referee a “f*cking disgrace”.

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WHAT NEXT? Mourinho collected three red cards during the 2022-23 campaign, as he butted heads with Serie A officials on a regular basis, and has seen a move to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain speculated on as he approaches the final year of his contract in Italy.