Jose Mourinho stormed onto the pitch to try to get Sunderland’s Luke O’Nien sent off – despite it being a friendly match.
The Roma boss charged onto the field in Portugal to complain to the referee after the midfielder caught a Roma player with an elbow and was already on a yellow card. After the incident, he was subbed off. The Serie A giants beat the newly-promoted Championship side 2-0, with goals coming from Felix Afena-Gyan and Nicolo Zaniolo.
Sunderland manager Alex Neil said after the match: “Luke was unfortunate. He went up for a header and caught the lad with his arm, which I didn’t think was meant. I thought it was a bit of an overreaction. But the referee informed me that if we didn’t take him off, he would be sent off.”
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Fans took to social media to provide their opinion on the incident: “This is exactly why big teams shouldn't play against lower league cloggers. You get these players nobody has heard of trying to make a name for themselves.”
Another said: “Absolutely love this. Absolutely the way football should be. I wasn't a fan of the Alex Neil appointment. At all. I was so wrong.” A last one tweeted: “Tbh this particular one, the players jumped to head the ball and the Roma player literally ran into his arm… No mention of the Roma RB kicking out at an SAFC player tho.”
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Roma finished in sixth place last season, despite making a good start to the campaign. They enjoyed better success in Europe, winning the inaugural Europa Conference League trophy with a 1-0 win over Feyenoord in the final.
Mourinho has been looking to bolster this side ahead of the new season, having already signed former Chelsea and Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic. While Roma are now thought to be keeping tabs on Arsenal outcast Lucas Torreira.
Speaking about his future, the Uruguayan said: “There is a possibility with Roma. I spoke to Mourinho a while ago and I admire him as a coach. It’s an opportunity that tempts me a lot but it’s not easy.
“But there is no chance of staying at Arsenal. From the beginning they told me I did not have a place, so I don’t want to stay because I have suffered a lot. “It cost me a lot to adapt and my idea now is to go to Italy or Spain.”
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