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Mourinho handed two-game touchline ban

AS Roma coach Jose Mourinho has been handed a two-game touchline ban after he was sent off during his side’s 2-2 draw with Hellas Verona.

Mourinho was sent off in the final stages of Saturday’s game at the Stadio Olimpico for remonstrating with referee Luca Pairetto, before kicking a ball into the stands.

The Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said in a judgement on Tuesday that Mourinho “made serious allegations” against the referee, and entered the pitch “with a threatening attitude, blatantly disputing the refereeing decision”.

Mourinho made a telephone gesture towards Pairetto, which Italian media reported was in reference to his father Pierluigi, who was involved in the Italian match-fixing scandal of 2006.

The Portuguese coach, who left the stadium without stopping for post-match media duties following his side’s draw, has also been fined EUR20,000 ($A31,500).

Roma goalkeeper coach Nuno Santos was also banned for two games, and club manager Tiago Pinto until March 8 for attacking the referee in the tunnel after the game. Pinto apologised later.

Roma are eighth after three straight draws. Mourinho, who has had a fractious relationship with referees since returning to Serie A this season, will not be in the dugout for their trip to Spezia and the home match against Atalanta.

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