Jose Mourinho criticized the decision to deduct points from Juventus for the second time this season, calling it ‘a joke’.
The news of Juventus receiving a 10-point deduction with only a few remaining games in Serie A left Roma coach completely baffled.
Following Roma’s 2-2 draw against Salernitana in Serie A, Mourinho expressed his frustration with the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) Court of Appeal’s decision to deduct 10 points from Juventus’ league tally this season.
The Bianconeri had previously been penalized with a 15-point deduction in January, which initially dropped them to 10th place.
However, the decision was later overturned, allowing Juve to climb back into a Champions League spot and even reach second place. Now, with the recent ruling, Juventus once again face consequences for their financial violations and illegal transfer activities.
Mourinho calls the decision to deduct points from Juve a ‘joke’
“It’s a joke to know this with two games remaining,” he said. “For us and everyone, even for Juventus. Our approach would have been different if we had known before the games with Monza and Bologna. I am sorry for [Massimiliano] Allegri and his players, but at the league level, I have to say that it changes things a little.”
When asked if the season was warped, he responded: “To me, yes, but I no longer want to talk about this. I am sorry for professionals who work like me because they pay for errors that directors and maybe the club did.”
By rotating his team in the recent matches against Monza and Bologna, Mourinho managed to secure draws in both games. However, with Juventus facing a points deduction, it has created an opportunity for Roma to potentially qualify for the Champions League.
Currently, Roma is five points behind AC Milan, who occupy the fourth spot, with only two games remaining. Alternatively, Roma could secure an automatic spot in the Champions League for next season by defeating Sevilla in the Europa League final on May 31st.