Mourinho cleared to take charge of Roma against Juve as ban suspended

By Sports Desk March 04, 2023

Jose Mourinho has been cleared to take charge of Roma's Serie A match against Juventus on Sunday after his two-match touchline ban was suspended.

The 60-year-old was sent off for the third time this season just two minutes into the second half of Roma's 2-1 loss at Cremonese on Tuesday.

Mourinho clashed with fourth official Marco Serra and was sent to the stands, before continuing to argue his case when entering the officials' dressing room after the match.

He was hit with a two-match suspension and a €10,000 fine on Wednesday, which would have seen him miss games against Juve and Sassuolo, but Roma lodged an appeal.

The Italian Football Federation's appeals committee announced on Saturday that the punishment has been suspended ahead of a further hearing taking place next Friday.

After the loss to lowly Cremonese, who won their first Serie A match in 26 years, Mourinho defended his actions that saw him sent off for an altercation with the fourth official.

"I'm emotional but not crazy. For the first time in my career a referee has spoken to me in an unjustifiable way," he said.

"To have the reaction I had is because something happened. I need to know now if I can do something from a disciplinary point of view."

Roma are fifth in Serie A ahead of the visit of Juve, who are nine points worse off in seventh after being hit with a 15-point deduction in January.

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