(Milan) José Mourinho, the coach of AS Roma, will be deprived of a bench during the first two days of the Italian championship next season for having insulted a referee, the Italian Federation (FIGC) announced on Wednesday in a press release .

The FIGC Disciplinary Committee handed the Portuguese a ten-day suspension from the start of the 2023/24 season. Serie A resumes on the weekend of August 19-20.

José Mourinho is sanctioned for having said of referee Daniele Chiffi, who officiated during Roma’s trip to Monza on May 3 in the league, that he was “the worst referee that (he) have (have) ever met in his career “.

“He’s terrible, he makes no human connection and feels no empathy,” he said of him. Both men had words during and after the game, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

The coach and his club will also each have to pay a fine of 50,000 euros ($72,000).

José Mourinho will also miss AS Roma’s first four matches in the Europa League next season under a sanction decided by UEFA for having insulted another referee, the Englishman Anthony Taylor, who was on the whistle during the Europa League final lost on May 31 against Sevilla FC (1-1 a.p., 4-1 t.a.b.).