After being ruled out in the 90th minute of Roma’s last game against Hellas Verona on Saturday (2-2, day 26 of Serie A), Jose Mourinho risks a three-match ban after his gesture against referee Luca Barreto. The Portuguese coach, who wanted more than four minutes of extra time granted, pretended to be on the phone, and shouted: “They sent you on purpose…it’s still Juventus who sent you.”
The Barretto family in Mourinho’s landmarks
According to the information received from Gazzetta dello sportThe gesture of the former Real Madrid and Inter technician would be an explicit reference to the referee’s father, Pierluigi Barreto, who was convicted in 2006 in the Calciopoli case (the corruption scandal involving Juventus in particular) after calls made by the former Bianconeri manager Luciano Moggi.
Another possible explanation is still possible since the Italian sports daily recalled that Luca’s brother, Alberto Barreto, has been working in the Turin organization as head of the stadium’s treasury since 2019. Part of the Roma club management offered an apology Monday morning to referee Luca Barreto. But the Italian Federation’s Federal Prosecutor’s Office stands by its position and also accuses the technician of kicking the ball angrily by sending it to the stands.