JOSE MOURINHO blasted the referees as his side lost 2-0 to Fiorentina last night.

Roma looked leggy as they slumped to defeat, just days after booking their place in the Europa Conference League final.


After being beaten by superior La Viola on the night, Mourinho aimed a verbal attack at officials – demanding "respect and an explanation".

He told DAZN: "What’s happening is frankly too much. We want an explanation. We want respect.

"The explanation… we’ve been waiting for an explanation for a long time and we have no explanation.

“There is a double explanation tonight. Obviously, after Thursday’s game we were certainly lacking physical and mental energy, compared to a side that had all week to prepare.

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“But I want to hear the explanation from Mr Banti of Livorno, which is not far from here. I already saw the footage, it’s a touch, not a foul.

"The referee was close by and did not give a penalty. In the VAR room, Mr Banti intervened.

“Aside from the penalty, Fiorentina were also stronger, they played at a different tempo and with concentration, so they deserved to win.

"The problem is we are not talking about just these three points, but the many, many incidents that we have no explanation for.

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“Why did the VAR call a referee like Guida, who was 10 metres away and saw full well it wasn’t a penalty? Why? These are the explanations we want and do not have.

"Yes, we are in a Final, which absorbs the emotion and energy of a club like Roma, but we also have a league to play and it’s frankly too much. What keeps happening to this team is just too much."

Further quizzed about why his team failed to deploy an attacking game plan like Fiorentina did, Mourinho pointed to the youth within his team – before again taking aim at officials.

He continued: "It is very simple. (Nicola) Zalewski would’ve been possibly on the bench of the youth team 12 months ago.

"He has played nine games in a row, including the semi-final of a European tournament.

We also want respect from the Bantis of this world, who sit in their comfortable chairs

“The difference when playing vertically is the difference of 14 games that Roma played more than Fiorentina this season. If we run 10km per game, 14 games is a lot.

“It is the difference between intensity and lack of intensity, concentration and lack of concentration. It is very simple.

“We know that we have the respect of the Roma fans, but we also want respect from the Bantis of this world, who sit in their comfortable chairs and have taken many, many points away from this team.”

Early goals by Nicolas Gonzalez and Giacomo Bonaventura were enough to down Mourinho's side.

The defeat saw sixth-placed Roma dragged into the battle for European football, falling level on points with eighth-placed Atalanta.

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Roma face Venezia and Torino in their final two Serie A games, and will travel to Tirana to play Feyenoord in the Europa Conference League final.

Mourinho, 59, was recently slammed as "obsessed" by rivals Lazio after a similar tirade towards officials.

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