Former Serie A referee Paolo Casarin hits out at José Mourinho following the Roma coach’s comments on Matteo Marcenaro: ‘These people should not stay on the bench.’

Mourinho had criticised Marcenaro on the eve of Sassuolo-Roma on Saturday, saying the 31-year-old referee didn’t have the ’emotional stability to work at this level.’ 

It prompted FIGC to open an investigation for ‘harmful statements’, so the Portuguese coach could now be fined or even suspended.

Roma eventually beat Sassuolo 2-1 away on Sunday in a game that saw Marcenaro send off the Neroverdi midfielder Daniel Boloca and give a penalty to Roma. Both decisions were correct, according to referee pundits in Italy.

Mourinho was criticised by La Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday and former international referee Casarin also blamed the Portuguese coach in the aftermath of Roma’s victory in Reggio Emilia.

“Marcenaro officiated well yesterday and Roma won as we know with a clear red and a clear penalty kick,” Casarin told Radio 1, as quoted by Romanews.

“This happens in most games, but when I see a big coach like Mourinho saying certain things before a match, something doesn’t quite work.

“Freedom to criticise before something even happens, mentioning things of poor value, should not be allowed. This must stop, it can’t be done.”

Casarin added: “These people should not stay on the bench. A great coach never does these things.”

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