After the 1-1 draw with Monza, Jose Mourinho was extremely angry and criticized Daniele Chiffi, claiming that he is “the worst referee he has ever encountered in his career.”
Stephan El Shaarawy gave the Giallorossi the lead at the U-Power Stadium, but a remarkable volley from Luca Caldirola off the inside of the boot nullified it.
Mourinho’s side have dropped to the seventh rank of Serie A with their two recent draws
Late in the game, Zeki Celik received a second yellow card, causing controversy, and resulting in his suspension for the upcoming Serie A match against Inter, who are presently in fourth place.
“This was the worst referee I have encountered in my entire career,” said Mourinho. “Believe me, I have dealt with many bad referees.
“Usually, when I talk about referees, it is because they have a direct influence on the game. In this case, I don’t think that is true.
“But he is horrible, he makes no human connection with anyone, he has no empathy, he gives a red card to a player who slips because he is exhausted at the 96th minute.”
Asked about Roma’s performance, Mourinho replied: “Unfortunately, when you are tired, then it affects your concentration, your focus and your co-ordination.
“We had players today who were really struggling and gave everything. People like Lorenzo Pellegrini, Mancini, Bryan Cristante, who are at the limit, but play with this pride that is part of the Roma DNA.
“There are numerous difficulties, as the players who are currently playing either lack the necessary fitness or do not possess the required quality to compete at this level. Our bench was non-existent today, but the lads did the maximum they could today.
“I believe the result is appropriate for the game. Although I may seem a bit biased in saying that Roma should have won, I don’t think it’s accurate to claim that Monza deserved the victory either.”“I believe the result is appropriate for the game. Although I may seem a bit biased in saying that Roma should have won, I don’t think it’s accurate to claim that Monza deserved the victory either.”