José Mourinho leaves his role at UEFA after receiving a four-game ban
The AS Roma manager wrote to UEFA saying “I felt the obligation to take this decision” after receiving a ban for his actions in the Europa League final.
José Mourinho, the current boss of AS Roma, has stepped down from his role with UEFA’s Football Board after the governing body hit him with a four-game ban after his behaviour in the Europa League final.
In a letter written to Zvonimir Boban, one of the most powerful figures in UEFA, and made public by Portuguese media, Mourinho has taken the decision to leave the board with immediate effect, criticising the “conditions” of the group.
His letter read: “In thanking you for the invitation you extended to me to be a member of the UEFA football board, I regret to inform you that, effective immediately, I will be renouncing my participation in this group.”
Mourinho given four-game ban by UEFA
“The conditions which I so strongly believed in when I joined are no longer standing and I felt the obligation to take this decision. I kindly ask that you also communicate my decision to the President Mr. Aleksander Ceferin.”
The decision taken by the manager comes after a four-game sanction was handed out on Wednesday by UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body for the use of insulting/abusive language against English referee, Anthony Taylor in the Europa League final on 31 May. After the game, which Sevilla won on penalties, Mourinho hit out against Taylor in the press conference and afterwards in the stadium car park.
What is the UEFA Football Board?
The UEFA Football Board is a group that came into being last April and it brings together a number of managers and ex-players with the objective of debating various ideas to improve football; UEFA itself labels the group as “the eminent advisory body will offer an institutional yet independent voice of experience and expertise on fundamental football-related topics.”
Who is on the UEFA Football board?
|UEFA Football Board member||Country|
|Ronald Koeman||The Netherlands|
|Robbie Keane||Republic of Ireland|