Be a clown: Jose Mourinho advises Roma players to dive more after denied penalty against Atalanta

Jose Mourinho stormed into the pitch to appeal protest for the denied penalty, however, referee Daniele Chiffi showed him a red card.

Tanishq SharmaAuthor

Updated - 20 September 2022 12:23 PM


Following Roma's 1-0 loss to Atalanta on Sunday in the Serie A at the Stadio Olimpico, I Giallorossi coach Jose Mourinho has advised his players to dive to win penalties after the referee denied them a spot kick in the second-half of the Sunday's game.

After the referee denied Roma a penalty-kick when Atalanta defender  Caleb Okoli fouled midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, Jose Mourinho stormed into the pitch to appeal protest for the denied penalty. However, referee  Daniele Chiffi showed Mourinho a red card that would deny the Roma coach to face Inter Milan at the San Siro on October 1.

After the loss,  Mourinho said, "There was a very clear penalty. I asked the referee afterwards why, and asked him to be clear with me that it was because Zaniolo did not go down."

"So therefore I have to change my advice to my players, I have to tell them don't try to stay on your feet, don't play the ball, be a clown the way many who dive like they're in a swimming pool do in this league, because that is evidently how you get penalties."

Meanwhile, Roma are currently on the sixth place with four wins in seven games in the ongoing Serie A season while Atalanta are placed on the second spot with 17 points and are only behind Napoli on the goal difference.


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