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The Italian Football Federation has reportedly opened a formal investigation into José Mourinho after the Roma coach said he was “worried” about referee Matteo Marcenaro.
According to the ANSA news agency, the FIGC prosecutor is investigating the comments made by the coach at yesterday’s press conference. Roma take on Sassuolo this Sunday in Serie A matchday 14. Matteo Marcerano has been appointed as the main referee for the match, and José Mourinho questioned the referee’s choice, saying that he had already had some unpleasant surprises with him. “To be honest, I’m worried about the referee. We’ve had this official three times and I don’t think he has the emotional stability to work at this level. I’m not relaxed about the referee or the VAR, with whom we’ve often had bad luck. I’m sure that with Marcenaro as referee, Gianluca Mancini will receive a yellow card after 10 minutes against Berardi and will be suspended against Fiorentina,” declared Mourinho at his press conference. Marcenaro is a 31-year-old referee and the VAR for this match is Marco Di Bello. Strangely enough, it doesn’t appear that Marcenaro has any history with Roma, so we don’t know where Mourinho is getting this anxiety from. The Portuguese risks a sanction in the form of a suspension or fine. However, no official decision is expected before Sunday’s match.