A furious Jose Mourinho was sent off during Roma’s Serie A clash against Atalanta on Sunday afternoon having stormed onto the pitch to lash out at referee Daniele Chiffi.
The former Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham manager ran onto the playing surface after several of his roaring penalty appeals were rejected as his team trailed to Giorgio Scalvini’s goal.
Although replays showed that Nicolo Zaniolo appeared to pull down his opponent Caleb Okoli before going to ground in the box – Mourinho’s temper boiled over and it cost him his spot pitchside.
While Chiffi was surrounded by Roma players and asked to explain his decision not to give a penalty, Mourinho sprinted from his technical area onto the pitch to aid his protest.
Chiffi then ran over to the dugouts and showed Mourinho a straight red card, which promoted another forward movement from the divisive coach who was then held back by security and coaches.
Mourinho then retreated to the stands in a scene that is starting to become a familiar one with Roma winning four of their first seven matches in the league this season.
As the events unfolded Roma fans seemed to be cheering for their manager, having grown fond of his passion despite mixed results since he took over in May of last year.
One Twitter user said in response: “This guy gets sent off every other game!”
With a second adding: “I must admit, I miss Jose moments like this in the Premier League.”
Back in February Mourinho was held back after being sent off during Roma’s clash against Hellas Verona having thumped a ball into the air in fury.
In October of last year, Mourinho was dismissed during their tie against Napoli for his sarcastic actions towards officials – getting a standing ovation from fans.
Before that in August, Mourinho was shown red in a heated pre-season friendly against Real Betis having gone almost head-to-head with the referee.