UEFA is apparently investigating the officiating of the UEFA Europa League final amid claims that Anthony Taylor might have had an impact on the outcome of the final.
The encounter played in Budapest, Hungary on the 31st of May was marred by controversial calls for many parts of the encounter before Sevilla came out victorious via penalties.
The manager of the side who were defeated in the final, Jose Mourinho was seen visibly furious during and after the clash at the Puskás arena.
Mourinho aired out his mind during the post match presser and he was afterwards seen confronting Anthony Taylor in the parking lot.
The 60-year-old manager hurled insults at Taylor in the car park calling the English referee “a disgrace”.
As the Anthony Taylor arrived with his colleagues, Mourinho vehemently said in English: “F***ing disgrace man, it’s a f***ing disgrace.”
The Portuguese then switched to Italian to say “F*** off” at the match officials who officiated the final.
Jose Mourinho has been heaped with several charges by UEFA, including making use of abusive language.
If the former Inter Milan manager is found culpable, he could face a lengthy suspension, huge fines or both for his misdemeanors.
However, Anthony Taylor is also not shielded from possible sanctions if he is found guilty of influencing the outcome of the final.
According to Corriere dello Sport, the 44-year-old referee might be getting into hot water if investigations show that many of his calls influenced the result of the game.
Both sides battled to a 1-1 draw after extra time with the English referee brandishing 14 yellow cards and turning a blind eye to a penalty call for Roma.
Additionally, he also overturned a penalty for Sevilla in a game with so many stops which affected the rhythm of the encounter.
Sevilla and AS Roma officials complained and protested against many of the calls by Anthony Taylor but certainly it was the Giallorossi who remonstrated more due to them losing the final.
The report from the Italian media outlet additionally states that UEFA Referee’s Committee Chairman, Roberto Rosetti was not happy with the decisions.
Anthony Taylor, the Mancunian born referee could be debarred from officiating matches of such immensity in the future.
Meanwhile, reports from ESPN suggest the governing body of European football would not probe Taylor’s performance and were quite impressed by his display in the final.
This report is in contrary to the publication by the Italian media outlet who early indicated that the 44-year-old referee would not be considered anymore for big matches.
Anyway, referee support UK chief executive Martin Cassidy has called for AS Roma and Jose Mourinho to openly come out and condemn the incident which occured last week.
Cassidy said: “It’d be really good to see Roma come out and condemn misbehaviour.
“I haven’t seen it. It’d be really good if Jose Mourinho would come out and condemn this behaviour.”
Martin Cassidy also expressed that it would be great to see the next line of action from UEFA regarding the matter.
He said: “It’d be great to see where UEFA are in this and what they want to do and what went wrong.
“Hundreds of referees go out each season abroad and we don’t have these situations happen.