Bodo/Glimt manager Kjetil Knutsen blasted Roma and Jose Mourinho after the physical altercation with goalkeeping coach Nuno Santos. ‘His attitude is shocking, his values so far from what I represent.’
The incident occurred after the first leg of their Europa Conference League quarter-final in Norway last Thursday, which Bodo/Glimt won 2-1.
Both parties accused each other of being the aggressor, as Knutsen and Nuno Santos had a physical altercation in the tunnel quite some time after the game.
“We are surprised and shocked by UEFA’s decision,” commented Bodo/Glimt via a statement on their social media account.
“We will appeal, and will work on that throughout the evening.”
The second leg is at the Stadio Olimpico this Thursday evening and the squad flew into Rome today.
Before that, Knutsen spoke to an.no in Norway about the incident.
“Events like this make me want to move into a different field. I even considered whether it was really a good idea to continue working in football.
“What happened is so far from my values, those of the club and of Norwegian football. In these situations, you need to find the strength in yourself and react in the best possible way.
“The most important thing for me is being able to look yourself in the mirror. If I couldn’t do that anymore, I would really have to consider if this was worth it.”
Mourinho has made snide remarks about the Bodo/Glimt staff in various interviews and Knutsen responded in kind.
“This type of attitude is shocking. His values and his way of coaching are so far from what I represent. It’s incredibly disappointing to see such behaviour from a coach with so many titles and who has been part of the sport for such a long time.”
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