Jose Mourinho had to be restrained by his own Roma coaching staff and Serie A officials after being shown a red card by referee Daniele Chiffi during the second half of his side’s intense clash with Atalanta. The iconic Portuguese boss was incensed after his side were seemingly denied a clear penalty when Nicolo Zaniolo went tumbling over in the box following a tangle with the defender Caleb Okoli.
The Roma players were adamant they should have been awarded a spot-kick as they protested fiercely but Chiffi was having absolutely none of it – denying the hosts a chance to draw level from 12 yards.
On the sidelines, Mourinho was just as furious and he cut an animated figure as he urged the officials to review the incident via the VAR monitor.
However, the referee was not prepared to put up with the 59-year-old’s antics as he raced over the touchline to send Mourinho a red card without a second thought.
Then, all hell broke loose as the Special One tried to get to the referee to question the decision.
He was held back by some of his staff and an official in a blazer – yet that appeared to wind him up even more as he attempted to enter the field of play.
Mourinho could barely contain his frustration as his side looked to force their way back into the game and replays appeared to show that he was certainly hard done by.
Atalanta took the lead in the first half when Italian international centre-back Giorgio Scalvini beautifully steered the ball home from range.
Roma largely dominated proceedings with Tammy Abraham and Lorenzo Pellegrini among those to squander first-half opportunities.
Tension was building inside the Stadio Olimpico as Roma attempted to force their way back into the game and the home players were convinced the referee was working against them.
Every foul in favour of Atalanta was profusely protested as Roma continued to waste a number of decent openings in the final third.
Back in February, Mourinho received a two-match ban after being sent off in Roma’s 2-2 draw with Hellas Verona.
The former Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham boss hoofed the ball away before receiving his marching orders for the incident.
Last season, he even delegated the task of challenging the officials to his coaching staff to avoid facing further retribution.